Cops Toss Coin in Driver's Arrest in Georgia

S | Woman arrested on the flip of a coin
S | Woman arrested on the flip of a coin
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15 July, 2018

Two Georgia police officers have been suspended after shocking bodycam footage apparently showed the pair deciding whether to arrest a woman suspected of risky driving based on a coin toss.

Until WXIA told Webb of the body camera video, she had no idea her arrest was made on the flip of a coin, which she called "disgusting". Webb had pleaded that she was late for work, Brown told her fellow Roswell Police Department officer in a traffic stop captured on Brown's body camera.

Officer Wilson: "A (arrest) head, R (release) tail".

Officer Brown: "OK (sound of coin flip) laugh".

The video then shows them use a coin flipping app to decide whether they should arrest or ticket Webb.

Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said he launched an investigation and placed the officers on administrative leave once he became aware of the incident that occurred just over three months ago.

"They knew right where to go for the app, they did the coin toss, they thought it was cute", Dorsey continued.

Police said there was little dispute over the speed at which Sarah Webb was traveling when we was pulled over last April along Highway 92.

Police officers in Georgia apparently relied on the same trick when it came to deciding whether or not to detain a motorist they've stopped.

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Officer Brown: "Yeah. So release?"

Officer Wilson: "This is tail right?"

But then Wilson suggests a police code for arrest, and the two can be heard laughing. She cries as she is being handcuffed, and footage from inside the vehicle shows her sobbing in the back seat.

The other officer pointed out she also didn't have any tickets.

"I'm sorry", Webb responds, voice quaking.

According to the police report filed by Brown, Webb was driving around 85 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.

'I would like to see them fired, because they shouldn't have been playing with my freedom on a flip of a coin, ' she said.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges Monday after viewing the video. An internal affairs investigation is already underway.


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