Messiah Young and his girlfriend Taniyah Pilgrim still feel the effects of an arrest that took place in 2020 when Atlanta police pulled the students out of their car and hit them with tasers while they were stuck in traffic caused by protests over George Floyd’s death. Now they suffer from trauma, anxiety, and pain.
The students were driving near a George Floyd protest when they were targeted and forcibly removed from their vehicle. Body-camera footage released by police shows officers smashing through the driver’s side window and snatching Young, 23, and Pilgrim, 21, out of the vehicle. The pair can be heard screaming and asking what they did wrong.