There were protests in just about every major city this past week over the George Floyd death. Atlanta was no exception. Officer Maximilian Brewer was handling traffic control at a busy intersection in downtown Atlanta. Things were going okay until a man on an ATV crashed into the officer, running him over and knocking him to the ground.
The officer was rushed to the hospital where he had to undergo immediate surgery on his leg. He was still in the hospital a couple of days later.
The man who hit him was 42-year old Avery Goggans of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Goggans intentionally ran over the officer as a sign of his protest. Apparently, Brewer wasn’t the first officer Goggans tried to attack.
The investigation confirmed that the man had tried to run over two other officers at separate intersections in Atlanta. Brewer was at least the third police officer Goggans set his sights on that night.
Initially, Goggans was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana. He was also charged with reckless driving. He was clearly intoxicated when he was arrested after he ran over the officer.
Now that the police have dug a little deeper, they realized that the suspect had committed these other two attacks prior to hitting Brewer. He has now been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm.
Because the attack was on a police officer, Goggans’ charges are a bit more serious than if his victim was a civilian. Any attack on an officer of the law carries escalated charges and bigger penalties. There is no word yet as to just how much prison time Goggans will be facing.
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