Outside agency may examine Cobb County Police

An outside agency may soon examine the policies of Cobb County police.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – An outside agency may soon examine the policies of Cobb County police.

Sam Heaton, Cobb County's head of public safety, is calling for the county to spend roughly $100,000 to look into its police department.

"Any bias – real or perceived – does not really matter," Heaton said. "We've got an issue, and we've got to address it."

This has been a volatile subject ever since the actions of Officer Maurice Lawson came to light late last year.

Lawson told a black driver during a traffic stop, "I don't care about you people."  

A Board of Commissioners meeting days later erupted into arguments and yelling.  

Lawson was later suspended for two weeks.

Heaton said the department has "trust issues" with some in the community. He said several Cobb policies need immediate review, including body cameras and bias-based profiling.

"Unfortunately, it took some of the challenges to get to this point to realize we had to do the right thing," said county commissioner Lisa Cupid. "I'd like to see that we're doing the right thing right now, and we're looking forward to the results."

The board can move to initiate this plan on its meeting in two weeks. 


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