Two police officers in Georgia are on administrative leave after they allegedly used a coin flip app to decide whether a woman would be arrested or cited at a traffic stop.
It happened back in April, but the body camera footage was released just this week. The video shows Officer Courtney Brown stopping Sarah Webb for speeding. After Brown lectured Webb about driving over the speed limit, she returned to her cruiser to discuss the situation with her colleague, Officer Kristee Wilson.
Brown and Wilson discussed the various ways to cite someone for speeding because Brown admitted to not having a functioning radar gun. Then, the two are shown using a coin flip app to decide whether Webb would be arrested or if the officers would just give her a citation. Webb ultimately ended up in jail.
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant told WSB he only found out about the incident two weeks ago from an internal department source and he worries how the officers’ alleged actions could affect law enforcement not just in Roswell, but across the country.
“I was appalled,” Grant said. “The reality is someone will see this story in the State of Washington and this weekend, someone is going to get stopped by a Washington State police officer and someone’s going to make a comment about, ‘Hey, did you flip a coin to decide whether or not I get a citation.”
According to WSB, charges against Webb were dropped and both officers are now on paid administrative leave while the department investigates.