Bystander Helps Atlanta Police Officer as She is Beaten

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police are thanking a bystander who came to the aid of an Atlanta police officer as she was being punched in the head repeatedly downtown.

Police said the officer stepped out of her vehicle after a man began beating on it, then she was attacked and pushed to the ground
Wednesday morning in downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the officer was being punched repeatedly when
the bystander, Michael Reed, jumped out of his truck, tackled the
suspect and held him down until more officers arrived.

Reed told WSB-TV that he tackled the man "like I was playing
football again."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the officer, whose
name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for
evaluation.

Police said she was bruised, but expected to be OK.


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