McDONOUGH — Former Henry County Police Officer David Rose has been charged by Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo with the simple battery of former NFL player Desmond Marrow.

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

The District Attorney’s Office accuses Rose of “intentionally making physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature to Marrow by grabbing him by the neck and choking him” while Marrow was handcuffed on the ground on Dec. 7, 2017. Video of the incident, which took place in the McDonough Target parking lot on Jonesboro Road, went viral online.

Rose arrested Marrow, who was charged with making terroristic threats, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and aggressive driving. A Henry County Magistrate Court judge threw out the terroristic threats charge and bound over the case to Superior Court.

Patillo’s office dismissed the felony obstruction charge against Marrow and transferred the two traffic-related misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and aggressive driving to the Henry County Solicitor’s Office.

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