'Coin-flip arrest' uncovered in 11Alive investigation | Officers placed on leave

Roswell GA police made an arrest rather than ticket a driver based on a coin toss

Roswell GA police made an arrest rather than ticket a driver based on a coin toss

Officers Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson had the discretion of citing Webb for speeding or arresting for the more serious charge of reckless conduct.

As she is led towards the auto, Webb begins to cry, and body cam shows the hair stylist sobbing in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

Heads meant Webb would be arrested; tales means the woman was free to go. Webb apologizes, saying she was late for work, and Brown tells her to turn off the vehicle and hand over her keys.

Police Chief Rusty Grant did not immediately return an email Friday seeking comment.

The coin app, which can be spinning and dropping, lands tails but they decide to arrest her anyway.

Prosecutors have dismissed the case against Webb, according to NBC affiliate WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Brown had tagged Webb for speeding as well as reckless driving since the roads were wet.

On the video - recorded by the officers' own body cams, btw - you can hear Officer Wilson say, "A (arrest) head, R (release) tail".

"What do you think?" one of the officers asks.

Brown noted she didn't have speed detection while another officer said they didn't have any tickets left to hand out.


"I just want to see the two officers, I want to see justice", she said. She then can be heard saying, "Hold on", as she opens a coin-flip app on her phone.

A cops' coin flip sent a woman to jail.

After using the app, she adds, "This is tail right?" Now, amid our investigation, both officers are on administrative leave.

Brown responds, "Yeah. So release?"

'I would like to see them fired, because they shouldn't have been playing with my freedom on a flip of a coin, ' she said.

Officer Wilson interjects with, "23", which, per 11 Alive, is a numerical code for arrest, to which Brown answers, "Michael Jordan?"

The pair proceeds to arrest Webb who is completely unaware that her fate was decided by a virtual coin flip.

"Wow, these people put my freedom in the hands of a coin flip", Webb told 11Alive.

Chief Grant said it's still unclear how long it will take to determine the outcome of the internal investigation.

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