Katie McCrary (Photo source: Dekalb County Police)

A DeKalb County, Georgia, police officer is the subject of an internal investigation after a video showed him beating a homeless Black woman at a convenience store. Katie McCrary was at a Chevron gas station located in Decatur, Georgia, asking customers for money and the store owner reportedly called the police to have the woman removed from the premises for being a nuisance.

The responding officer, whose name has not been released, was caught on cellphone footage viciously beating McCrary with a metal baton. McCrary is heard to say during the beating “What did I do?” as the officer repeatedly rains down blows on the unarmed woman who was on the floor raising her hands in defense. Customers who witnessed the officer beating McCrary expressed outrage over the incident. An official report from the Dekalb County Police reads as follows:

“Upon the officer’s arrival, the female, identified as Katie McCrary, attempted to push the officer out of the way. The officer stopped her at the door and asked her to step back. Words were exchanged between the officer and McCrary with McCrary subsequently assaulting the officer. She continued to aggressively resist the officer’s commands, resulting in the deployment of the officer’s baton. The officer was eventually able to restrain and handcuff McCrary. EMS responded to the scene to check McCrary. She was transported to the DeKalb County Jail and later to Grady Hospital.  The officer filed a Use of Force Report on the incident.”

McCrary was charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers. She was also served a criminal trespass warning at the request of the convenience store manager.

The incident occurred in June 2017 and the officer involved was cleared of any wrongdoing at the time. However, cellphone footage of the brutal attack was posted recently online and has since gone viral. As a result, the DeKalb County Police Department has started an internal investigation over the incident. Police officials have stated they will not respond to any media requests while the investigation is ongoing. The brutal attack can be viewed below:

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  • Winedarksee

    The police officer is a vicious lying thug who belongs in prison, not the police force. My heart goes out to Katie McCrary who deserves an apology and a lot of compensation.

    • Marla Dee

      uh excuse me he is REPRESENTING THE POLICE. So tired of people denying this is happening.

      • Winedarksee

        ? Marla, we seem to agree the police officer is a thug who does not belong in the police force, so I’m nor sure what your point is.

        • Marla Dee


  • SpiceGirl

    dang shame!!

  • L.S.

    He even threatened to shoot her. Nothing she did would deserve her to be shot.

  • Songbirdy

    The person that did the recording didn’t help her by yelling “STOP RESISTING KATIE STOP RESISTING!” Uuuummm besides the video looks like all wrong points towards her!

    But she still didn’t deserve to be beaten like that! I’m so sick of these officers especially the white ones treating our race as animals & not human beings!! THIS is why we say “BLACK LIVES MATTER!”


    • I Eat Bubbles

      The person telling her to stop resisting was just trying to help her.

    • Marla Dee

      He was trying to help her out of the present danger so I think he did the right thing. Unfortunately, whether a person has done anything wrong they still must submit to an attempt to be handcuffed. I think anyone watching can see that Katie is a victim here. At least anyone with a brain. Damn if a bunch of brainless idiots aren’t running around.

  • Binedra

    This is why I hate all American police. As far as I can see there is not one good cop in America. They all seem to think it is okay to inflict abuse on the poor. The woman is homeless and likely suffering from some form of mental illness; surely there is a more humane way of restraining such a person other than beating them mercilessly. SICKENING.

    • Jason

      There are good ones – they just don’t say anything when they witness unethical and even criminal behavior. Oh wait….

      • Marla Dee

        there are those who try to report these bad cops but usually the most they can hope for is to get a new partner. It’s very hard to prove a cop did something without merit. there are good cops,more than the bad. Pray things change and the country wakes up to how mistreated blacks are. and btw the bad ones mistreat others as well. Mostly the weak such as women — I was beaten by cops once. a barbie wanna be ripped off my long nails and broke my nose when I was trying to report my irish boyfriend for beating me up. It’s a fucked up world. Let’s pray.

        • Jason

          In the words of Yoda -“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” I have a hard time believing that if a sworn cop has the balls to testify against another officer that the courts will simply brush them off. This country will never “wake up” as White Supremacy reigns supreme. Sorry to hear your issue with the police, but Blacks and the police have a rather strange relationship that I don’t think you can understand.

  • Jason

    Punk ass race soldiers posing as cops. At some point – the same type of force may be needed towards these race soldiers.

  • Barbara Miller

    This cop should be fired. There was no reason for him to beat this woman like that or threaten to shoot her. Just suppose she had really done something bad, my God he would probably have killed her, one way or the other. This is despicable !!!

  • Margo Mays

    She should have been her ass still or get away from the store begging