Investigation: Arrest was left up to 'flip of a coin'
ROSWELL, Ga. - The Roswell Police Department placed two of their own officers on paid administrative leave for allegedly deciding the fate of a woman by using an electronic coin flip app.
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.
Officers Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson had the discretion of citing Webb for speeding or arresting for the more serious charge of reckless conduct.
Body cam video showed they based their decision on the flip of an electronic coin app. The heads or tails decision went against Webb who was arrested on the more serious charge of reckless conduct and speeding.
The woman they pulled over said she’s dismayed by the officers’ coin flip approach.
“It’s disgusting. I mean you have to think about the fact that these are the people that we rely on when we are in trouble,” said Sarah Webb.
Chief Rusty Grant told FOX 5 News prosecutors dropped the charges after the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office learned of the circumstance surrounding the arrest of Webb.
“I’m appalled that a police officer would trivialize the arrest decision making process with a coin flip,” said Chief Grant.
Webb had already spent a few hours in jail and had her car impounded by the arresting officer despite her boyfriend showing up to retrieve it.
“She says ‘Oh, absolutely not. He cannot come and do that.’ When he very well could have come and got my car,” Webb recalled of the conversation she had with the officers about her car being impounded.
Officers Brown and Wilson, who are in their 20s and have been on the force about two years, are on paid administrative leave as the department conducts an internal investigation.
“I think they should be fired I don’t think at all that they should be getting a paid vacation,” said Webb.
She said she’s still contemplating whether or not to seek legal action after the coin toss that tossed her into jail and into the public limelight.
“I do want people to know about it and I do want people to people to hear about this because I don’t want this to happen to again,” said Webb.
Chief Grant said it’s still unclear how long it will take to determine the outcome of the internal investigation.