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Atlanta woman says police raided her home, threw her on the floor over missing remote and chess board


A mother is suing after saying an officer broke down her door, entered her home and threw her to the ground.

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The officer’s body camera captured the violent encounter where the woman was handcuffed and emergency medical services had to be called. Khanay Yancey filed a federal complaint against Clayton County and the officer, Gregory Tillman.

The bodycam shows the whole episode. The officer talks to Yancey at her home on Independence Drive in Clayton County in 2019. She closes the door on the officer. That’s when he breaks down the door to get in. “Oh, you broke my door,” Yancey yells. “Put your hand behind your back,” Tillman shouts.

Tillman then tries to handcuff Yancey. He then uses his leg to sweep his legs under her. She falls to the ground. All this happens under the eyes of his son. “Hey, sir. My mother had health problems, sir,” the son told the officer. “I know it,” Yancey said.

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Yancey says she thought this might be the end. “I was just hoping it wouldn’t have happened where, you know, where I might have lost my life that day,” she said.

Yancey’s attorney, Tanya Miller, says everything Tillman did that day was wrong. “He violated their policies. He violated the Fourth Amendment.

Tillman came to Yancey’s because a man who had moved out had returned for a remote control and a chessboard. He asked for police help after Yancey wouldn’t let him in. Yancey said the items weren’t there. She said the man had made threats the night before. It was then that Tillman broke down the door and burst inside.

In a recorded deposition for the trial, Tillman explained why he broke down the door and entered the house. “At that time, I believed my safety was in jeopardy,” he said.

Miller found this response strange: “You can’t be afraid of what’s on the other side and then break in on the other side of the door,” she pointed out.

A police review board found that Tillman did not comply with policy on how he handled the incident. He first voted to recommend his firing, then voted to recommend a three-day suspension with additional training.

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Yancey says she is still in pain from being knocked to the ground. She now walks with a cane. She was asked what she wanted from the trial. “I would just like the county to take responsibility for their actions,” she said.

The police department says it does not comment on ongoing litigation. Channel 2’s Tom Jones contacted the county attorney for comment, but did not hear back.

The charges against Yancey were dropped. She wants the county to settle the lawsuit so she can get on with her life.

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