MARIETTA, GA (CBS46/AP) –
Officials have requested an independent investigation into a Georgia police department’s handling of an incident in which an officer told a black driver “I don’t care about your people” in a heated exchange during a traffic stop.
Cobb County Department of Public Safety Director Sam D. Heaton said in a statement Monday that the officer’s actions are unacceptable and don’t reflect the department’s views.
Heaton said he and the county manager have asked the county attorney’s office to investigate the handling of the incident by police command staff.
Lawyer surprised by quick response from police
Dashcam video shows the Nov. 16 incident northwest of Atlanta, in suburban Cobb County. Police Capt. J.D. Adcock wrote in a Nov. 24 letter to the driver that the department had taken steps including “formal discipline.”
Kimberly Bandoh, who is representing Brian Baker, told CBS46 last week she wasn’t expecting to see a police department act so quickly and admit something an officer said was wrong.
“They didn’t play games. They didn’t delay the process. I was surprised by that, I’m impressed and I appreciate it,” Bandoh said.
It turns out this is the second time Officer Maurice Lawson has received a complaint within a few months. The first one was from Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who thought she was being racially profiled when Lawson mistook her for a suspicious person and closely followed her SUV for about two miles.
Lawson is being reassigned to patrol a different area.