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Published on June 22, 2024
Atlanta Off-Duty Officer Assaulted, Woman Arrested for Battery and Obstruction on Peachtree RoadSource: Google Street View

During the early hours of June 20, an off-duty Atlanta Police officer at 3179 Peachtree Rd. NE became involved in an incident leading to the arrest of Christina Peterson, who was accused of assaulting an officer. The situation unfolded at around 3:18 a.m. when the officer, who was working a secondary job at the location, heard a disturbance nearby, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Rushing towards the commotion, Peterson, 38, allegedly began to yell at the security guard along with the officer who had stepped in to aid security with an escorted woman out of the venue. In the midst of trying to deescalate, the officer was pushed in the chest by Peterson and her hands kept swiping his away as he attempted to intervene, the altercation captured on the officer's Body-Worn Camera (BWC) footage.

Following the physical confrontation, Peterson was placed under arrest. However, she faced difficulty as she refused to cooperate when the officer requested her identifying information, which impeded the officer’s ability to transport her to jail. Eventually, her identity was confirmed through further police work.

The officer, who presented the case to a Fulton County judge, managed to secure arrest warrants for simple battery against a police officer and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Peterson was processed at the Fulton County Jail "without incident," rounding out her contested encounter with the legal system.