ATLANTA – Atlanta Police announced the arrest of a 22-year-old cat kicker who they say was captured on video punting an innocent feline outside of a gas station.
Authorities said Jamari Davenport, 22, turned himself in on Wednesday. Video of the incident had been circulating on social media. Subsequent to the investigation, Davenport has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, reported Fox 5 Atlanta.
The video shows the man only from the waist-down in a parking lot, charging towards the cat and kicking it like a football while bystanders cheer him on.
Police told Fox 5 they believe it was filmed for entertainment, as the kicking is displayed in slow motion.
The video was apparently recorded in early July at a Chevron station. Investigators linked Davenport to the footage through tips and an examination of surveillance footage from a local gas station, which included his upper body and face.
A local security guard who works at the gas station recognized the cat. He said that the cat would always follow him around but has been missing since the incident.