Two decorated Georgia police officers are fired and could face charges for use of excessive force on the WRONG suspect

Two decorated police officers in Georgia who used force to detain the wrong person during a search for a suspect have been fired and could face criminal charges.
Savannah’s mayor and police chief condemned the encounter that led to the termination of Savannah police Cpl. Daniel Kang and Sgt. Octavio Arango in a news conference on Wednesday.
Both officers were fired late last month for the incident that happened in April while they were searching for a suspect at an apartment complex in Savannah, the police department said in a news release. No further details on the arrest have been released.
Cpl Daniel Kang
Sgt Octavio Aranga
Savannah police Cpl. Daniel Kang (left) and Sgt. Octavio Arango (right) were fired last month for use of force targeting an innocent person whom they misidentified 

'The conduct of two members of the Savannah Police Department during this incident were totally unacceptable, egregious behavior,' Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said during the news conference. 
On April 14, Arango and Kang arrived in the 9400 block of Abercorn Street in response to a domestic violence report and began looking for a suspect, reported Savannah Morning News.
Minter said the person Kang and Arango used force to detain was 'mistakenly identified.'
The unnamed man was placed in custody, but not charged, the chief added.
Kang and Arango notified a supervisor about their use of force in April. A review of the body camera video, and an internal investigation that followed found that the officers had violated several department policies, police said. 
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who viewed the body camera footage, said he was 'horrified' by what he saw. 
Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said during a news conference on Wednesday that Kang and Aranog's behavior was 'unacceptable' and 'egregious'
Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said during a news conference on Wednesday that Kang and Aranog's behavior was 'unacceptable' and 'egregious' 
The footage, which has not been released publicly, was also 'sufficiently concerning' enough that the case will be presented before a grand jury for criminal consideration next month, said Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap, who could not comment on the specific contents of the video.  
A spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office told DailyMail.com in an email on Thursday that the body camera footage 'was evidence in the case and it would not be released until it is presented in court.' 
Arango allegedly violated seven department policies and Kang three, reported Savannah Morning News.  
Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said the case will be presented before a grand jury next month to determine if the fired officers should face criminal charges
Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said the case will be presented before a grand jury next month to determine if the fired officers should face criminal charges
The two officers were placed on administrative leave before their termination on July 30. The officers appealed their firing to a city manager, who chose to uphold the decision.
Johnson referenced an earlier promise he made to residents amid the national protests against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
'I meant what I said on that hot day at the end of May, that it was going to be a new day in Savannah, that Black lives matter, that everyone’s lives matter,' Johnson said. 'We’re going to support our police department, but yet, we are going to be committed that individuals who do bad things, who don’t respect, serve and protect, will no longer be members of our police department.'
Arango had served on the force for about 15 years and Kang for eight.
In August 2018, both officers were awarded Medals of Valor for theirs roles in a SWAT operation during which a woman and two children were rescued after being held hostage.  
Two decorated Georgia police officers are fired and could face charges for use of excessive force on the WRONG suspect Two decorated Georgia police officers are fired and could face charges for use of excessive force on the WRONG suspect Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 02:15 Rating: 5

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