McDONOUGH — A grand jury has indicted former Henry County Police officer David Rose for his role in the Desmond Marrow arrest.

Rose turned himself in June 27 after the grand jury issued a warrant for his arrest.

A Henry County Jail official said Rose was at the jail for about an hour, turning himself in at 5:45 p.m.

“Almost immediately after he was booked in, he had people out front posting his bond,” the official said.

Rose was released at 6:41 p.m., he added.

District Attorney Darius Pattillo’s office announced that Rose, who served three years with HCPD, was charged with two counts of violation of his oath as a public officer and one count each of simple battery, false official writings and making a false statement.

{p class=”p1”}The indictment stems from a 2017 incident involving former NFL player Desmond Marrow, who was arguing with another driver who Marrow said had thrown a cup of coffee at his car while they were driving. Rose responded to a call of aggressive driving in the Target parking lot on Jonesboro Road in McDonough.

During the encounter, Rose grabbed Marrow by the windpipe while Marrow was handcuffed on the ground. In a patrol car dashcam video recording, Rose could be heard saying, “I’m not going to write it down, but hell yeah, I choked that m_____f_____.”

According to the indictment, Rose subsequently “did knowingly and willfully make a false and fraudulent representation to the Henry County Police Department in his police report concerning the arrest of Desmond Marrow on December 2, 2017 ... by mischaracterizing why and how he grabbed and applied pressure to Desmond Marrow’s neck.”

After Rose refused a plea bargain, in which he would have been sentenced to probation on one misdemeanor charge and lost his POST certification, the DA’s office brought the case before a Henry County grand jury, which indicted Rose.

Marrow pleaded no contest to to charges of reckless driving, aggressive driving and obstructing a police officer and pleaded nolle prosse to disturbing the peace on April 22 for his part in the traffic dispute. He was sentenced to community service.

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