Falcons’ Cameron Batson hit with 5 charges following incident with police

Falcons’ Cameron Batson hit with 5 charges following incident with police

Atlanta Falcons practice squad member Cameron Batson was hit with five charges following a Saturday morning arrest in Georgia, according to online records.

Batson was hit with battery, aggravated assault, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer when engaged on official duty, driving-fleeing to elude an officer, and removal or attempted removal of a weapon from a public official.

The 27-year-old Oklahoma native could face decades in prison if convicted on some of the charges he faces.

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Cameron Batson of the Atlanta Falcons during a training camp practice on July 28, 2022, at IBM Performance Field in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Cameron Batson of the Atlanta Falcons during a training camp practice on July 28, 2022, at IBM Performance Field in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
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The incident occurred around 2 a.m. in Atlanta on Saturday. An Atlanta police officer observed a pickup truck speeding and failing to maintain its lane, officials said. The officer stopped the vehicle and observed that the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

Police said in a statement that Batson resisted the officer’s efforts “and violently fought with the officer.” Officials added the officer discharged his firearm but no one was struck and Batson returned to his vehicle, left the scene and charged a short distance away before trying to flee the scene.

“Multiple officers canvassed the area” and arrested Batson, who was trying to hide, police said.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson runs with the ball at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson runs with the ball at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville.
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The Falcons released a statement on the issue.

“We have been made aware of an overnight incident involving Cameron Batson and are currently gathering information from law enforcement agencies,” the team said. “We take this matter seriously and have no further comment at this time.”

Batson has spent the entire season on the Falcons’ practice squad. He joined the team in June, was released in August and then became a member of the practice squad.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson watches the preseason game against the Lions, Aug. 12, 2022, in Detroit.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson watches the preseason game against the Lions, Aug. 12, 2022, in Detroit.
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

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He was an undrafted free agent when he joined the Tennessee Titans in 2018. From then until the 2021 season, he appeared in 27 games and had 22 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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