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Dashcam Showing Officer Telling Black Driver 'I Don't Care About Your People' Under Investigation


"Leave. Go away. I don't care about your people."

Image source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

ATLANTA (TheBlaze/AP) -- Police near Atlanta are investigating a recorded encounter in which an officer tells a black motorist that he doesn't care about "your people."

Dashcam video shows a Nov. 16 traffic stop northwest of Atlanta, in Cobb County. The Atlanta Journal Constitution identified the officer as Officer Maurice Lawson.

Image source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Lawson can be heard telling the motorist "I don't care about your people" after issuing traffic citations. The officer also tells the man, "Leave. Go away. Go to Fulton County." Atlanta is in Fulton County.

A lawyer for the driver, 33-year-old teacher Brian Baker, says the comments were racial references because her client is black. She says that if a lawyer or teacher made the comments, that person would be fired - and the officer should be, too.

Sgt. Dana Pierce said he couldn't comment further because of the investigation.

But a letter uncovered by the Atlanta Journal Constitution reveals that Baker received a letter dated Nov. 24  from police Capt. J.D. Adcock, in which he admitted that Lawson "violated our department's Code of Conduct."

Image source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Officer Lawson’s conduct as he spoke with you does not meet our high standards, has brought discredit to the department and himself and is not now nor will ever be tolerated,” the letter reads.

Lawson has been reassigned to a new police precinct pending the ongoing investigation.

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