Two police officers in an Atlanta suburb are on administrative leave after their chief watched body camera video that appears to show them joking about using a coin flip app to determine whether a driver would be arrested for reckless driving.
The footage then shows Brown returning to the cruiser, where she discusses with the other officer, identified as Kristee Wilson, that they do not have any speed detection technology or tickets. "Wilson, who is heard off-camera saying "'a" for heads and "r" for tails," then opens a coin-toss app on her phone.
A woman identified as Officer Courtney Brown is heard in the video confronting Webb about speeding in wet conditions. Despite the fact it came up tails. the cops opted to arrest Webb.
Brown and Wilson have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, according to WXIA.
With their options only to arrest Sarah and take her to jail or to release her, Brown turned to a coin for help. Brown then arrests Webb, handcuffing her and putting her in the back of a patrol vehicle.
"What do you think?" one of the officers asks.
"This is tails, right?"
Officer Brown: "Yeah. So release?"
Chief Rusty Grant said in a statement that an internal investigation is underway.
"23", she says, an apparent reference to what the Atlanta Police Department described as a code for an arrest or citation. Prosecutors released the video to her on July 6, the station reported, and her case was dismissed Monday.
"I have much higher expectations of our police officers and I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision making process of something as important as the arrest of a person", Grant said.
'I couldn't believe what I was seeing, to be honest, ' Grant said.
Webb had already spent a few hours in jail and had her vehicle impounded by the arresting officer despite her boyfriend showing up to retrieve it.
"Wow, these people put my freedom in the hands of a coin flip", she said.