ATLANTA — A former Atlanta police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to an eight-count indictment in the death of an unarmed teenager. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., said Matthew Johns entered the plea in Fulton Superior Court before Judge Constance Russell.
On September 15, 2016, Atlanta police officers were in pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle traveling along I-75 southbound. The pursuit ended along Lawton Street when a Georgia State Patrol trooper, who joined the chase, performed a successful PIT maneuver. A 15-year-old male, who was a passenger in the vehicle, exited the car and surrendered himself to authorities by immediately lying on the pavement with his hands up, showing he did not possess a weapon and did not intend to resist.