Heads, arrest. Tails, release.
Two Georgia cops were seen on body-cam footage using a coin-flip app decide whether to cuff a woman for speeding. They apparently disregarded the result (tails), and took in the driver anyway.
The officers involved, identified as Kristee Wilson and Courtney Brown, are on paid administration leave, according to WXIA-TV. The traffic stop happened back in April, but the Roswell Police Department didn’t place the officers involved, Kristee Wilson and Courtney Brown, until WXIA-TV started asking questions two months later, according to the outlet’s new report on Thursday. An internal investigation is ongoing.
The article stated that the driver, Sarah Webb, didn’t know about the coin flip until the outlet told her about it.
“Wow, these people put my freedom in the hands of a coin flip,” she said. “And that’s disgusting.”
The officers can be heard on video debating over whether to arrest or ticket her. It was Brown who allegedly pulled out her phone, and opened a coin-flip app.
“A [arrest] head, R [release] tail,” said the officer identified as Wilson.
“Ok,” said the officer identified as Brown.
“This is tail right?” said Wilson.
“Yeah,” said Brown. “So released.”
Wilson nonetheless said “23,” the code for an arrest.
“Michael Jordan? [The slang for the arrest code]“ Brown said. “Alright.”
The officers can be heard apparently laughing.
“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,” Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant told The Associated Press in an emailed statement.
Charges against Webb included reckless driving, but the case was tossed on Monday. According to Webb, the prosecutor said she watched the videos, and refused to prosecute the case.
[Screengrab via Roswell Police Department]