APD major suspended over traffic stop probe


ATLANTA,None - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office has announced that a police major will be suspended for his handling of a traffic stop involving the mayor’s older brother.


Tracy Reed resigned his city job earlier this month after it was reported that he had been stopped driving a city car on a suspended license. The city’s legal department launched an investigation into whether Reed received preferential treatment during the Oct. 28 stop.


The investigation found that Atlanta police Maj. Rodney Bryant failed to evaluate all of the information during the traffic stop, but that Bryant did not know at the time that a municipal court bench warrant had been issued for the mayor's brother three weeks earlier.


Though the investigation found “anecdotal evidence” that it was unusual for the same major to intervene in an earlier stop on May 4, there was no evidence that Bryant and the responding officer violated standard police procedures. Still, Bryant has been suspended for 15 days without pay.


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