Students tased during protest

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- Two additional officers have been fired by Atlanta Police for their roles in the tasing of two college students during protests in Atlanta.

The names of the latest two officers fired by Atlanta Police are Officers Lonnie Hood and Armond Jones. Previously, investigators Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner were fired for their role in the incident that was captured on live television by CBS46 cameras. Streeter and Gardner had 16 and 22 years experience, respectively, when they were fired for their role in the incident.

APD officers used a Taser to get a driver out of a car in downtown Altanta out after the curfew.

The incident seen live on CBS46 happened when Messiah Young, 22, and Teniyah Pilgrim, 20, were taken into custody after the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect on the second night of the protests. Young is a student at Morehouse College, and Pilgrim attends Spelman College.

Young and Pilgrim were leaving the protest at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park in a car at the time. The CBS46 video shows officers opening the passenger side door, then smashing the driver's side window as they deployed stun guns on both occupants. 

Second angle of couple tased and dragged from car Saturday night

Pilgrim was detained and later released at the scene without charges. Young was initially charged with fleeing the scene and driving with an expired license, but the mayor later ordered those charges to be dropped.

L. Chris Stewart and Justin Miller along with Mawuli Davis, attorneys for Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young respectively released the following statement:

"We are pleased that two additional officers with the Atlanta Police Dept. have been fired over their involvement in the horrendous case of police brutality May 30 against our clients, Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young. These college students were simply sitting in their car, stuck in traffic when they were pulled from their car, beaten and tased for no reason. It is encouraging that Mayor Lance-Bottoms is making every effort to right a wrong that was obvious to all when watching the officers' body cameras. We can't continue to allow members of law enforcement to recklessly abuse the citizens they are sworn to protect." 

This is a breaking news story. Stay with CBS46 for the latest updates.

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