Family claims DeKalb County deputies used excessive force


A woman said her family got an aggressive wake up call from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

The family told CBS Atlanta News they were startled at 1:30 a.m. when deputies beat on their front door.

Fearing for their safety, the family said they took their time to open the door. Once inside an officer used excessive force and aggressive language, according to one family member.

After the incident, the family posted the video on YouTube.
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The sheriff’s department claims they received a copy from an anonymous sender Wednesday morning.

Both parties involved in the incident see the actions on video very differently.

Donovan Hall said he had no idea why police would be at their door, so they weren’t so quick to open it.

“They never once told me why they were here, what they wanted, or who they wanted,” said Hall’s mother Natania Griffin.

After more than 30 minutes and confirming with 911, the family opened the door and that was when mayhem appeared to ensue.

The sheriff’s department says the officer had a valid arrest warrant and they were at the right home.

They said despite the family’s claim, the video shows no excessive force, but admits two of the officers did use inappropriate language.

The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.

She told CBS Atlanta that she had run-ins with police here in the past.

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