Atlanta, GA — An innocent Atlanta man spent multiple days handcuffed to a hospital bed with a broken leg and a severed artery after an Atlanta cop falsely accused him of stealing a tomato that he actually bought.
Tyrone Carnegay spent then spent three days in jail before the charges were finally dropped. The interaction was all caught on a Walmart security camera.
“I was chained to my bed in Grady. They said I assaulted him and obstructed him from doing his job,” Carnegay told the local news. The video proves that none of this was true.
Carnegay explained to WSB-TV that he was walking out of the store after purchasing his groceries when an off-duty Atlanta cop, working security at the store, walked up to him without warning and began beating him.
“He’s giving me a verbal command. As he’s grabbing me, he’s beating me at the same time. ‘Get on ground.’ Beating me at the same time,” Carnegay said.
In the video, we can see Carnegay get struck by the raging cop at least seven times before he is unable to walk.
“My leg started giving out,” Carnegay said.
Carnegay didn’t resist, obstruct, or assault the officer; he merely tried to protect himself against the cop’s unnecessary baton blows.
Carnegay said that the officer never asked for the receipt prior to unleashing his ‘robocop’ fury. However, after he laid on the ground in handcuffs, his leg broken in two places, and bleeding internally, the cop reached into his pocket and found the receipt — showing he paid for the tomato.
“Somebody could have come up to him and said, ‘Excuse me sir, do you have (a) receipt for that tomato?’ and he would’ve shown him the receipt,” said attorney Craig Jones. “The officer went into Robocop mode and beat the crap out of him.”
“He found the receipt and money, and stood there like he hadn’t done nothing,” Carnegay said.
According to the lawsuit, filed over the incident which happened in October 2014, the Walmart manager told the officer Carnegay had stolen the tomato just before the beating. Named in the suit are Walmart, the manager, and the cop who doled out the beating.
When contacted by WSB-TV, a representative from Walmart said they had not yet been served the lawsuit but said, “We take the matter seriously. We will review the allegations and respond appropriately with the court.”
The Atlanta police department has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
As for now, Carnegay walks with a limp thanks to the titanium rod in his leg.