by: Matt Johnson
ATLANTA – Newly released video depicting the moments before an officer-involved shooting that killed 24-year-old Deaundre Phillips last month is raising new questions about the initial statement provided by the Atlanta Police Department.
The video, released by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, shows two plain-clothes Atlanta Police officers approach a vehicle at the Atlanta Police Annex on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
They appear to question Phillips outside of the vehicle on Jan. 26 just before 8 p.m. The officers, identified as El Malik Roberson-EL and Yasin Abdulahad, said that they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Phillips and Abdulahad, an 11-year veteran with the department, exchange words, and then become involved in a physical altercation that appears to carry on inside of the vehicle.
“For some explainable reason, Officer Abdulahad jumps fully in the vehicle,” L. Chris Stewart, the family’s attorney, said.
Footage then appears…