The death of Johnny Hollman, a deacon at an Atlanta-area church, has been ruled a homicide following an altercation with Atlanta Police Officer Kiran Kimbrough. Two months ago, Hollman called 911 after being involved in a car crash. However, an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) revealed that after Hollman “became non-compliant,” officers attempted to take him into custody. During the struggle, Hollman became unresponsive and later died.
The GBI investigation found that Hollman was stunned with a Taser during the altercation. An autopsy conducted by medical examiner Melissa Sims-Stanley determined that his death was partly due to heart disease, with the Taser stun contributing to his unresponsiveness. Hollman’s daughter, Arnitra Hollman, claimed to have been on the phone with her father during the arrest and heard him say that he had asthma and could not breathe.
The family’s lawyer, Mawuli Davis, stated that they believe Officer Kimbrough should be charged with murder, describing the incident as an “unwarranted, unjustifiable assault that led to a death.” The Atlanta Police Department has since fired Officer Kimbrough for failing to follow standard operating procedures.
Video footage of the incident, which had been previously unavailable, is expected to be released publicly soon. The investigation is ongoing, with witnesses being interviewed by the prosecutor, Fani Willis.