ATLANTA — Former Atlanta police officer Matthew Johns was given a 20-year sentence with five of those to serve in jail after pleading guilty to attacking an unarmed teen after a high-speed police chase. Earlier this year, Johns pleaded guilty to an eight-count indictment before Fulton Superior Court 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.