• Police officer facing discipline following comments made during traffic stop

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned a Cobb County police officer facing punishment for how he conducted a traffic stop is the same officer a county commissioner complained about following her.
     
    The driver told Channel 2’s Tom Jones he has forwarded dash cam video of his encounter to the commissioner.
     
    Brian Baker told Jones the commissioner was very interested in what happened to him.
     
    He says the Cobb County officer told him to go back to Fulton County and he doesn't care about “your people.”
     
    “I was kind of shocked. 'Cause I felt like he was supposed to maintain his professionalism,” Baker said.
     
    Baker says the officer did not maintain his professionalism during the recorded traffic stop.
     
    “Leave. Go away. Go to Fulton County. I don't want to hear about your people,” Officer Lawson of the Cobb County Police Department says in the recording.
     
    Baker said Lawson made those unprofessional comments on Mableton Parkway last month.
     
    “I know what he meant. He knows what he meant. He meant my people of color,” Lawson told Jones.
     
    On the video, Lawson denies that's what he says.
     
    “You said you don't care about your people,” Baker asked Lawson on the video.
     
    “I don't care about your people?” Lawson answered.
     
    “No. That's what you said,” Baker said.
     
    Baker's attorney told Jones she couldn't believe the officer’s actions when she saw the video.
     
    “I was dumbfounded. I could not believe that professional police officer actually said that,” attorney Kimberly Bandoh said.
     
    Baker filed an internal affairs complaint.
     
    According to a letter from Cobb County police, officers found Lawson’s actions violated the department's code of conduct.
     
    Police issued Baker an apology.
     
    Lawson is the same officer Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid complained about following her at 1:30 a.m., even though she had done nothing wrong.
     
    Baker said Cupid wanted to see video of his encounter with Lawson.
     
    “She did and she does have it,” Bakers said.
     
    Lawson said at the end of the encounter, ‘Why do I have to deal with (expletive) like that?”
     
    He was reassigned and will undergo enhanced training and will face formal discipline.
     
    Baker said he thinks he's not fit to be an officer.


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