Social Circle, GA — A cop has been fired and is already appealing after his dashcam showed him challenging a 17-year-old boy to a fight while threatening and cursing at him. The Free Thought Project has also learned that this same cop threatened school officials, saying he would give them anthrax and ‘blow up’ the building.
On November 23, Social Circle Police Officer James Sanders was conducting a traffic stop when a black jeep, driven by the 17-year-old boy, passed him and admittedly yelled, ‘F**k the police.” Sanders immediately halted the stop to pursue the jeep.
Sanders had absolutely zero probable cause for the stop. However, he tried to claim that the jeep crossed a white line, but, as the dashcam shows, that was only after Sanders sped up behind the teen’s car.
When Sanders pulled the jeep over, all hell broke loose.
In the dashcam footage, Sanders is seen leaving the original stop to pursue the teen. Sanders also did not radio in to dispatch to notify them that he was conducting another stop.
Immediately after pulling the teen over, Sanders gets in his face and begins threatening and intimidating him. “F the police, huh?” yells Sanders. “If you want to fuck the police, I’m right here,” he tells one teenager. “I’m giving you every opportunity to fuck me up. Come on.”
According to the police incident report, Sanders offered to show the passengers “how big of an asshole police can be.”
When backup arrived, the other cop was more cordial and admitted that the teens had done nothing wrong to provoke the stop as yelling, ‘F**k the Police,” is not a crime. However, the teen’s jeep was still searched — without a warrant.
After unlawfully stopping and searching the group of teens, police let them go. Much to the officer’s dismay, they were unable to find any evidence of a crime to hold them or site them.
On Thursday, Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said that an anonymous woman who witnessed the threats and intimidation reported the incident.
Sadly enough, it wasn’t the teen’s mother who reported the abuse, as she applauded the officer for threatening her son and wants him to be reinstated. However, Chief Oliver says that is not in the public interest, especially considering Sanders’ past of making terroristic threats at the school where he previously provided ‘security.’
“We hold our officers to a higher standard and this type of behavior will not be tolerated here,” he said regarding the Nov. 23 traffic stop.
In 2014, after the staff at the school where Sanders worked pointed out their dissatisfaction with his work, this problem cop went ballistic and made some ominous threats to the staff.
As the HuffPost reports:
According to an email sent by a school administrator, Sanders allegedly made comments to a bookkeeper and a receptionist “regarding blowing up the school, using a taser on [the administrator], and mailing anthrax to the school.” He allegedly made these threats in the school’s front office in front of parents and students.
Even though Sanders tried to downplay the incident as joking, it still had the staff members worried.
“It was still concerning enough for the principal to file a complaint with the police chief then,” Oliver told HuffPost. “Even if it’s playing, or not, you don’t do anything like that.”
Sanders was then transferred to the evening shift to minimize his contact with the school, and he was banned from setting foot on school property.
In spite of Sanders clearly making his own case with his actions that he should be nowhere near a position of authority, an online petition has been started to get him reinstated. When reading the petition, it is clear that Brittany White, the woman listed as having created the petition, has either not watched the video, or has Stockholm syndrome.
He was fired for what the City Manager claims “conduct unbecoming”. A young man passing by Sanders traffic stop yelled out profane words F— the police. Upon questioning the individual, Sanders asked the young man to own up to his actions and speak with integrity. He was insulted through this young man’s actions, and it is unfair that he is the individual who suffers the most. Somehow this was reviewed and turned over to the City Manager who claims that Sanders taunted the young man– and somehow ultimately interfered with the agency being able to effectively do its job.
Watch the video below and see if any of what Ms. White said is true.