Roswell police officers in hot water over coin flip arrest
Two officers are on paid lead for allegedly determine the fate of a woman using an electronic coin flipping app.
The two Roswell, Georgia police officers who were caught on the body camera video using a coin flip to determine whether the arrest of a woman during a traffic stop in April dismissed.
Officers Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson were closed Thursday morning after an internal investigation of the Roswell Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill confirmed to Fox News.
Courtney Brown, left, and Kristee Wilson, right, are discharged from the Roswell Police Department in Georgia on Thursday.
The two were in the first instance, on administrative leave amid the investigation. The police Rusty Grant wrote in their termination letters that the police engaged in improper conduct of a police officer and cited a policy that they do not “perform at an acceptable level.”
Body camera footage, discovered in a research by WXIA-TV, showed that Brown and Wilson used a coin toss app to decide whether the arrest of Sarah Webb, who was pulled over as part of a traffic stop.
Brown was heard on the camera to ask Webb if she knew how fast she was going. “The ground is wet and it’s been raining and you are going more than 80 km per hour on this type of road. That is reckless driving,” Brown said.
“I’m so sorry,” Webb replied.
GEORGIA COPS USE A COIN FLIP TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE ARREST OF THE WOMAN, THE VIDEO SHOWS
Brown returned to her police vehicle to ask fellow officers if they have to arrest Webb or just ticket her.
Wilson, who also responded to the scene, was heard to say: “What do you think?”
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Brown said that she is “not the speed of detection,” but the other officer pointed out that the body camera recorded her cruiser is the speed, which would have shown how fast she was going to get for Webb.
“Hold on,” Brown was said, if they opened a coin flip app on her phone. Wilson suggested that the heads should mean that the arrest and the tail should mean that the release. Brown agreed and threw the coin in the app.
“One [arrest], R[release] tail,” Wilson said.
“Okay,” Brown replied.
“This is tails, right?” Wilson asked.
“Yes, so late?” Brown responded.
“23 (the police code for arrest),” said Wilson. The officers decided to charge Webb with driving too fast under the conditions and reckless driving.
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Webb, when they found out what the officers did, told WXIA it was “disgusting” that Brown and Wilson “my freedom in the hands of a coin flip.”
When the station reported on the incident, the charges against Webb were dropped and they called the police to be fired.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.
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