In Georgia, body cam footage has cleared an officer and exposed two fire department employees as liars.
DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum says he was shocked when he first saw the FOX 5 report on a traffic stop involving two of his employees.
But it turns out the employees fabricated a story saying that the officer who made the stop using profanities.
In the digital age of rushing to judgment, headlines about a foul-mouthed cop with an attitude problem made the front page.
“I had the same feelings and thoughts as everybody, and that was shock and surprise,” Fire Chief Fullum said when he heard the reports.
But now the chief has fired the longtime captain and given a notice of termination to another employee who resigned based on video and audio evidence.
The story began when Stone Mountain Police Dept. Sergeant Steven Floyd pulled over DeKalb Fire Captain Terrell Davis for an expired tag at a local school.
Davis called his co-worker Krystal Cathcart to the scene. Both fire department employees repeatedly asked the Stone Mountain Sergeant if “they needed to call their boss,” Dr. Alexander.
Sgt. Floyd calmly issued the ticket.
He asked Krystal Cathcart to step away from the scene because she wasn’t involved in the stop.
In her written complaint, Crystal Cathcart claimed Sgt. Floyd created “a sense of fear” at the scene and “cussed her out twice.”
Captain Terrell Davis backed up her written complaint, saying Sergeant Floyd was “unprofessional, belligerent and disrespectful.”
Needless to say, the fire employees are fighting their terminations.
Musa Ghanayem is the lawyer representing both employees. “Both regret the statements with regard to what was maybe exaggerated,” says the attorney, “but they both felt threatened, they both felt there was a sense of fear.”
Best of luck with that line of argument when the jury sees the tape.