Body Cam Footage: Police Use Coin Toss To Decide Woman’s Fate

March 18, 2019
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Police officers in Georgia were caught on body-camera flipping a coin to decide whether they would arrest a driver who was pulled over for speeding. The shocking heard-on-camera moment took place April 7 when 24-year-old Sarah Webb was pulled over by Roswell police.

“I approached the vehicle, announced myself as a city of Roswell police officer, and asked the driver is she knew how fast she was going,” an officer said in the Roswell Police Department incident report.

Webb said she was running late to work, and following police instructions, she handed over her driver’s license and turned off the car, the report said.

Officer Brown said she “didn’t have speed detection,” but the other officer pointed out that the body camera recorded her cruiser’s speed, which would have shown how fast she was going to catch up to Webb.

Brown was then heard saying, “Hold on,” as she opens a coin-flip app on her phone. Wilson suggested that heads should mean arrest and tails should mean release. Brown agreee and flipped the coin in the app, according to Fox News.

The officers decided to charge Webb with going too fast for conditions and reckless driving. Brown then arrested Webb, handcuffing her and putting her in the back of a patrol car. Webb was crying as she walked into the police cruiser. She called her employer to let her know of her arrest. Webb was not aware of the coin flip until 11 Alive obtained the video and informed her of the footage.

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.

 

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