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Cobb Co. Public Safety director responds to officer's 'your people' comment

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have issued a statement about an officer's controversial remarks made to a driver after a traffic stop.

Brian Baker said the officer made the remarks after he was pulled over for allegedly speeding and an improper lane change. Dashcam video showed Baker asking the officer several times, "Can I go?"

The officer then told Baker, "Leave. Go away. Go to Fulton County. I don't care about your people."

Cobb County Department of Public Safety Director Sam Heaton issued a statement on Monday saying:

This officer’s actions and comments are unacceptable and do not reflect the attitude and vision of this department or Cobb County.  I believe this incident is an isolated occurrence and not indicative of a department wide problem.  As this is an ongoing personnel matter I have no further comment regarding the officer involved.  Along with this incident is what appears to be a breakdown in communication with the command staff of the Police Department and the complaint processes that were followed during the investigation.

Heaton said the Cobb County District Attorney's Office will conduct an independent investigation into the incident.

Police sent Baker apologizing, stating the officer's behavior, "does not meet our high standards, has brought discredit to the department and himself, and is not now, nor will ever be, tolerated."

The letter stated that the officer would be disciplined, reassigned and trained.


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