Investigation: Arrest was left up to 'flip of a coin'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 15, 2018,
Jul 15, 2018, 1:29
As she sat in her auto, damning bodycam footage obtained by 11Alive shows officer Brown return to the patrol vehicle to consult fellow officer Wilson on what she should do.
Brown tells Officer Kristee Wilson she didn't have radar to show how fast Webb was going.
Former Los Angeles Police Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey told IE she thinks this isn't the cops' first time doing this "because they did it easily".
Noting the pavement was wet, Brown made a decision to add a charge of reckless driving, but both noted Wilson did not have speed detection in her vehicle or tickets.
Sarah Webb was pulled over in April by Roswell police for driving 80 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone in the rain. The news outlet reported Webb was pulled over for a traffic stop this past April for allegedly speeding past a police cruiser.
Sarah's mother Teresa shared a clip of the footage on Facebook, sharing her anger at the actions of her local law enforcement officers. In the video, you can hear Officer Wilson say, "A (arrest) head, R (release) tail".
Body cam footage of the April 7 incident shows Roswell Police Officer Courtney Brown berating 24-year-old hairdresser Sarah Webb, asking her, "So you think driving that fast on a wet road is a smart idea because you're late for work?"
The "coin" landed on heads, which meant Webb was cuffed.
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"23", she says, an apparent reference to what the Atlanta Police Department described as a code for an arrest or citation.
'It makes me so upset seeing [Sarah] crying. They then discuss whether or not to arrest Webb. This caused a big financial hardship to our family'.
The other officer pointed out she also didn't have any tickets.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Roswell police chief Rusty Grant said an internal investigation has now been launched.
"I'm sorry", Webb said, choking up.
The two officers are now on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.
'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.