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A pair of Cobb County Commissioners are exchanging verbal jabs over an incident in mid-July – and questioning: Was it police profiling or an officer simply doing his job? | News

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A pair of Cobb County Commissioners are exchanging verbal jabs over an incident in mid-July – and questioning: Was it police profiling or an officer simply doing his job?
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MARIETTA, Ga – A pair of Cobb County Commissioners are exchanging verbal jabs over an incident in mid-July – and questioning whether it was police profiling or an officer simply doing his job.

It happened on July 14, as Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid left the Wingate Hotel near Six Flags around 1:30a.m., after studying for the bar exam and noticed a car behind her.

 

"It was a very seedy looking car," said Cupid. "It had a headlight, one of them was not working properly. I felt like that car was coming after me to get me. I waited in fear thinking this car would be approaching the gas station at any minute."

When it followed her into her subdivision, she panicked, called 911 and pulled into a well-lit gas station until a marked police vehicle arrived.

The officers told her she had been followed by an undercover police detective in an unmarked car.

"I continue to question, why was I targeted?" said Cupid at a Cobb Commission meeting on Tuesday.

She feels the officer followed her because she was driving a Lexus.

At Tuesday's commission meeting, Cupid criticized Cobb Police for not only this incident, but not addressing her concerns weeks later.

Commissioner Bob Weatherford, a 25-year police veteran, said he is glad police watched out for her.

"I don't call it profiling. I call it good police work," said Weatherford. "The officer followed to see if someone had stolen the car or someone was doing something wrong. Got close enough to run her tag and then dropped back."

He said south Cobb County has 2% of the population but 22% of the crime and has had a rash of car break-ins.

"The area in question around six flags in July alone had 177 entering autos," said Weatherford.

Even with those crime numbers, Cupid feels police profile certain people.

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