Watch: Georgia Cops Suspended After Being Caught On Video Using Coin-Toss To Arrest Driver
Two Georgia police officers have been suspended after bodycam footage showed them using a coin-toss app before determining whether to arrest a young woman they pulled over for speeding, and the police chief said he is “appalled” by the move.
“Why am I being arrested?” Sarah Webb is heard saying to Officer Courtney Brown in the bodycam footage posted by local NBC affiliate WXIA, which first reported the story.
Webb was arrested on charges of speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions, according to police records.
After seeing the footage, however, a prosecutor dismissed the charges, the station reported.
In the video, Brown and another officer, Kristee Wilson, are heard discussing what they should do with Webb, and the Brown says that she doesn’t have speed detection equipment and Wilson says she doesn’t have any tickets.
The officers used the terms “A” or arrest for heads, and “R” for release for tails, according to the station. The video audio appears to show Wilson say “This is tail right?,” Brown says, “Yeah. So release?” and then Wilson says “23,” or a police code for arrest, WXIA reported.
“These are people who are supposed to protect us, and instead are treating our freedom and our lives like games,” Webb, 24, told NBC News in a phone interview Friday. “It’s disgusting. It’s scary to think police officers do stuff like this.”
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said that both officers have been placed on administrative leave and an internal investigation has been launched.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, to be honest,” Grant told NBC News of the video. “It was appalling.”
“This isn’t a police procedure, to bring a coin flip — whether it’s an app or an actual coin toss — that’s not part of that decision making to decide to take someone’s freedom,” Grant said.
Watch the video below: