Investigation launched after officer uses coin flip to determine arrest
ATLANTA — Two police officers in Georgia were suspended recently after they used a coin toss to decide whether to arrest a motorist they had stopped for speeding, according to Reuters.
Sarah Webb was pulled over after driving 130 km/h.
The two officers then discussed whether to give the woman a speeding ticket or arrest her for reckless driving.
Officer Courtney Brown used a coin-flip app on her phone to decide: heads, arrest; tails, release.
The toss went against Webb, so Brown and the other officer, Kristee Wilson, wrote up the charges.
“I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision-making process of something as important as the arrest of a person,” said Roswell Police Department Chief Rusty Grant, adding that an investigation had been launched and the officers were on administrative leave.