Our network

Low bond for attorney's son in chase sparks controversy

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man charged with arson, aggravated assault on a police officer and felony alluding police after a Cobb County chase that ended with a crash at Piedmont hospital in early January could soon be out of jail on bond.

Cobb officer resigns after 'your people' traffic stop controversy

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County police officer at the center of controversy after a verbal exchange with a black motorist has resigned, 11Alive's Valerie Hoff has confirmed.

Dashcam video captured the incident between Officer Maurice Lawson and Brian Baker last December. Lawson pulled Baker over for allegedly speeding on Mableton Parkway. After Baker asked the officer several times, "Can I go?", Lawson responded:

"Leave. Go away. Go to Fulton County. I don't care about your people."

Cobb BOE votes down parent involvement requirement

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School Board voted 5-2 against an idea that its supporters believe would help children do better in school -- require parents to be involved with the schools

Man accused of I-75 trooper shooting had history of traffic violations

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The man accused of leading Georgia State Patrol troopers on a high speed chase had a history of traffic violations according to jail and court records.

Israel Rodriguez was arrested in 2008 for reckless driving, following too close and driving on a suspended license.  He served on year on probation.  In 2011, he paid a citation for speeding. But friends say his driving record fails to describe the proud father of three young children.

Outside agency may examine Cobb County Police

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – An outside agency may soon examine the policies of Cobb County police.

Neither side happy with Cobb Police officer's suspension

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- A Cobb County policeman accused of racism after a verbal exchange with a black motorist has been suspended from his job

Maurice Lawson’s suspension is for two weeks without pay.  He was also ordered to take two training classes and have a field training officer drive around on patrols with him. Ironically, neither side is happy with the decision.

Cobb Co. PD officer suspended without pay for 2 weeks

In Lawson’s letter, he also emphasized that he is related to African Americans, and insisted that he is not a racist.

Lawson continued in his letter, detailing his version of what happened during the traffic stop, and pointing out the verbal insults that Baker tossed towed him and the supervisory officer present during the incident.

He then goes on to indicate that investigation demanded by Commissioner Cupid appears to be due to what he calls a vendetta.

Finally, Lawson says that he feels the two-week unpaid suspension is excessive for a “courtesy complaint.” He says he feels the only reason the punishment was so severe was due to the increased media attention placed upon the case.