Atlanta woman says police broke into her home, missing remote, chess board and threw her to the ground

A mother is suing after she says an officer broke down her door, entered her home and tackled her to the ground.

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

The body cam shows the entire incident. An officer speaks with Yancey at his home on Independence Drive in Clayton County in 2019. She closes the door on the officer. When he breaks down the door to get inside. “Oh you broke down my door,” yelled Yancey. “Put your hand behind your back,” Tillman shouts.

Tillman then tries to handcuff Yancey. He then uses her legs to sweep her out from under her. She falls to the ground. All this happens in front of his son. “Hey, sir. My mom is having health issues, sir,” the son says to the officer. “I definitely do,” Yancey says.

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Yancey says he thought it might be the end. “I was just hoping it didn’t turn out to be, you know, where I could have lost my life that day,” she said.

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

Tillman came to Yancey’s house because a man who had gone out came back to get a remote control and a checkerboard. After Yancey refused to let him in, he called the police for help. Yancey said the items were not there. He said the man had threatened him a day earlier. That’s when Tillman broke down the door and entered.

In a taped statement for the trial, Tillman explained why he broke down the door and went inside. “At that point, I believed my safety was at risk,” he said.

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

A police review board found that Tillman was not within policy in how he handled the incident. It first voted to recommend his termination and then to recommend a three-day suspension with additional training.

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Yancey says he’s 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 to see the county held accountable for their actions,” she said.

The police department says it does not comment on pending litigation. Channel 2’s Tom Jones The county attorney was contacted for comment but did not receive a response.

Charges against Yancey were dropped. She wants the county to settle the lawsuit so she can move on with her life.

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