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Man mistaken for laptop thief, police handcuff him and pull out weapon

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In a written statement, 25-year-old Joshua Taylor said he needed some extra cash so he decided to sell his Mac laptop on Craigslist.  

He said Derek Charleston responded to the post and agreed to meet him at a Midtown Atlanta coffee shop. Police said Charleston is actually Justin Kahler, who contacted police, thinking someone was trying to sell is stolen laptop on Craigslist.

Taylor said when he showed up, the buyer inserted a portable hard drive into the computer. Then he said that out of nowhere, someone came behind him yelling, "Put your hands behind your back." 

As he was handcuffed and questioned, Taylor said he felt something pressed on his back. That’s when he said he saw a yellow taser.

Taylor said the three Atlanta police officers who detained him never identified themselves. However, he said they did take the handcuffs off of him when they realized the laptop wasn’t stolen and belonged to him.

Taylor’s mother, Goldie Taylor is an editor for the news publication The Daily Beast. Outraged, she immediately went on Twitter saying her son’s wrists were bruised and he did nothing wrong.

She also said the officers acted without probable cause and violated his human rights.

An Atlanta police spokesperson said:

“Due to the number of Craigslist robberies with weapons involved and the violence associated with them, officers take extra precaution when dealing with situations such as these.  The Atlanta Police Department takes all allegations of crime seriously and will investigate as appropriate.  

In reference to the unprofessional behavior, the details of the incident is under an internal review. “

Goldie Taylor said she’s already contacted Mayor Kasim Reed and is working with an attorney.

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