Henry County PD

Former Henry County police officer David Rose has been charged with simple battery as a result of the controversial arrest of former NFL player Desmond Marrow in the parking lot of a Target in 2017.

HENRY COUNTY, GA (CBS46/Meredith) -- A former Georgia police officer who was caught on camera choking former NFL player Desmond Marrow during a 2017 arrest is now facing charges.

Former Henry County police officer David Rose has been charged with simple battery as a result of the controversial arrest in the parking lot of a Target in 2017.

The situation started after police said Marrow was involved in a road rage incident with two men after he allegedly threw a coffee cup at their vehicle.

Marrow said he was only carrying a cell phone but believes officers thought he had a gun. According to a police report, Marrow was kicking, head-butting and spitting at officers before he was slammed to the ground.

Rose was later identified as the officer who was seen choking Marrow in the video. He was placed on administrative leave before his termination.

Rose had been with the department for nearly three years.

Marrow, who attended the University of Toledo and played briefly in the NFL for the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said one of his teeth was knocked out and he was choked until he was unconscious during the arrest.

Marrow was later charged with felony obstruction, aggressive driving and reckless driving.

Rose is scheduled to appear in a Henry County courtroom Tuesday.

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