An Atlanta police officer was recently charged with vehicular homicide and violation of oath after running a stop sign and killing an innocent man on a motorized scooter by striking him with his patrol car.
In August 2018, Atlanta Police Officer Ryan Chandler was reportedly responding to an undercover officer’s call for help while driving at almost double the speed limit in a 25 mph zone. Although Officer Chandler’s attorney claims that Chandler had activated his lights and siren, investigators found that the officer did not activate his lights and siren before crashing into Marvin King, who was riding a motorized scooter.
Chandler’s lawyer, Brian Steel, has argued that his client did not slow down at the intersection of Washington Place and Newcastle Street because the stop sign was obscured by trees and bushes. After the crash, King was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
On August 8, 2018, an Atlanta police spokeswoman confirmed that Chandler was placed on administrative duty. He has not returned to active patrol duty.
On Tuesday, a Fulton County grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Chandler with vehicular homicide and violation of oath for running a stop sign and killing King. According to the Atlanta Police Department, an emergency hearing is being scheduled to determine Chandler’s employment status.