The Henry County District Attorney has formally charged ex-Henry County Police Officer David Rose with battery of a former professional football player.

District Attorney Darius Pattillo filed the accusation this week in connection to the Dec. 2, 2017 traffic stop of former NFL player Desmond Marrow. Rose is accused of intentionally making physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature to Marrow by grabbing him by the neck and choking him.

Rose arrested Marrow on charges of terroristic threats, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and aggressive driving. After his arrest and release, Marrow released a video on Facebook April 26 showing his arrest by Henry County police officers.

In the accompanying description, he said he was falsely arrested when his cellphone was mistaken for a weapon.

“During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious,” Marrow said in a statement. “I thought I was going to die.”

He denied charges of obstruction.

“They said I was resisting arrest, being out of control, spitting and assaulting the officers by head-butting them,” Marrow said. “I was fully cooperating with the officers with zero resistance.”

At the time of the video's release, Pattillo said he understood why the video, which has since gone viral, is disturbing.

“The portion of the video distributed is graphic and violent,” Pattillo said.

Following a thorough investigation of the incident last year, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the felony obstruction charge against Marrow and transferred the two traffic-related charges of reckless driving and aggressive driving to the Henry County Solicitor’s Office, which prosecutes misdemeanor offenses.

As part of the investigation, the District Attorney’s Office learned that Rose choked Marrow during the arrest while he was handcuffed from behind and on the ground. Rose, a Henry County officer for almost three years, was subsequently terminated from the county. The incident was recorded on video in the parking lot of the Target on Jonesboro Road in McDonough.

Rose is scheduled to appear before Henry County Superior Court Judge Holly Veal on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Noreen Cochran contributed to this article.


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