If you are a police officer, you should probably never find yourself acting like the Batman villain Two-Face, who famously decided his actions with the flip of a coin. On April 7, though Sarah Webb did not know it at the time, police officers used a similar method before deciding to place her under arrest for speeding.
Webb was driving 80 mph in Roswell, Georgia, when police pulled her over. Body cam footage first released by 11Alive, an Atlanta news station, showed the officer’s conversation with Webb.
There’s no hiding anywhere, all actions are recorded, digital forensics working well where people’s own ethics and conscious fails to play a role.— (((James O'Brian))) (@MrJimOBrian) July 16, 2018
The arresting officer, Courtney Brown, told Webb:
…the ground’s wet, it’s been raining, you’re going over 80 miles an hour on this type of a road. That’s reckless driving.
One of the core traits an officer is supposed to have is good judgment. These two bring shame to themselves, the city if Roswell, and police officers.— Chris Weatherly (@ChrisWeatherly1) July 16, 2018
The body cam footage continued back in the police car as Brown discussed the situation with Officer Kristee Wilson.
Wilson said, “A, head. R, tail,” in reference to arrest and release, before using a coin toss app, complete with a coin flip sound effect.
Wilson said, “This is tail, right?” And Brown responded:
Yeah, so release.
But Wilson then said, “23,” referencing the police officer code for arrest.
It’s called kidnapping when u throw someone in jail for no reason(speeding is not a reason)..... and if the absurd coin flip was actually a real thing, then the officers have to do the flip in front of the person, best out of 7— Taylor Davis (@tbone18k3) July 16, 2018
Webb learned of the coin toss by 11Alive, at which point she filed a motion of discovery to watch the video. Once the state prosecutor saw the video, all charges against Webb were dropped.
Wow, these people put my freedom in the hands of a coin flip. And that’s disgusting.
New at 11... hear from Sarah Webb, the woman pulled over by two Roswell police officers for speeding. She was arrested by those officers... a decision they made by using a coin flip app. Wow. pic.twitter.com/cEFvnY5tO4— Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) July 14, 2018
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant placed both officers on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Grant released this statement on Friday, July 13:
On April 7, 2018, Roswell Police Officers Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson made an arrest subsequent to a traffic stop. Brown apparently based her decision to arrest the violator on a coin toss app that was on her cell phone. After I became aware that this incident occurred, I immediately initiated an internal investigation into the matter. I then placed both officers on administrative leave. Since this is an open internal investigation, I cannot discuss the details of the incident until the conclusion of the investigation. This behavior is not indicative of the hardworking officers of the Roswell Police Department. I have much higher expectations of our police officers and I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision-making process of something as important as the arrest of a person.
And people wonder why the police aren’t trusted. As if all of these videos and excessive force isn’t enough. Shame on y’all. You make all cops look bad even though most cops aren’t bad.— Savannah Layer ✨ (@Snow_Flake2017) July 16, 2018
Perhaps internal investigators should decide whether the officers get to keep their jobs based on a coin flip?
Maybe WE should flip a coin to see if they’re fired and arrested— Brian W (@nba_dude1) July 15, 2018