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A former Atlanta police officer, Maury Swift, is facing accusations of abusing women and leveraging his position to silence them. SMStudios Investigators obtained body camera footage revealing Swift’s arrest, and multiple women have come forward alleging attacks by him.

Ariel Lomax spoke with SMStudios about being attacked in her apartment by her then-boyfriend Maury Swift in June 2020. Swift accepted a plea deal on domestic violence charges in November.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis disclosed that Swift, who was reportedly associated with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), faced domestic violence charges related to two women. Three additional women claim Swift attacked them, and they are willing to testify if no plea deal is reached.

One victim, Krysta McGowan, shared her experience of being punched by Swift, emphasizing the importance of empowering women in violent relationships. Willis highlighted that Swift exploited his positions at the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the CIA to intimidate the victims, falsely suggesting they had no recourse for reporting the harm.

Despite Swift’s belief in using his positions to obstruct justice, he ultimately pled guilty under Georgia’s First Offender Act. The charges included aggravated assault strangulation, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property, and battery with substantial physical harm for a June 2020 incident. Another misdemeanor battery charge for a July 2021 incident led to a three-year prison sentence followed by 12 years of probation.

The DA’s office revealed that Swift faced additional charges while out on bond, emphasizing that the incidents did not occur while on duty but involved domestic abuse. The court had considered allowing testimony from the three other women alleging abuse if the strangulation case went to trial.

Swift’s attorney, Travis Foreman, denied any misuse of Swift’s status and criticized the DA’s handling of the case. Despite facing internal investigation into potential policy violations, Swift’s attorney expressed confidence in his client completing the prison term and probation successfully.

Krysta McGowan shared her journey of reclaiming power through therapy, education, and faith. The internal investigation into Swift’s arrest highlighted potential policy violations by the Atlanta Police Department. While officers who made the arrest are not the investigators of the case, the DA commended the APD for prosecuting Swift and ensuring proper procedures were followed.


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