Body cam footage clears Ga. officer of false accusation from firefighters

The two claimed the officer was unprofessional and disrespectful but recanted their report after seeing the video

By Police1 Staff

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — A fire captain and firefighter are under fire after a false report that claimed a police officer created a sense of fear and cussed them out during a traffic stop.

Fox5Atlanta reported that Stone Mountain Police Sergeant Stephen Floyd was patrolling a street when he spotted a car with an expired license plate. He ordered the driver, DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Capt. Terrell Davis, to pull over.

"Do I need to call my chief or supervisor, your chief or Dr. Alexander?" Capt. Davis said.

Dr. Cedric Alexander is DeKalb County's public safety director. Floyd ignores him and heads back to his squad to write a ticket, where he meets Krystal Cathcart, another DeKalb Fire and Rescue employee.

"Do we need to call Dr. Alexander?" Cathcart asks.

"Call Dr. Alexander for what?" Sgt. Floyd responds.

Cathcart later filed an official complaint that Sgt. Floyd created "a sense of fear" at the scene, cussed her out by telling her to "back the f*** up" or he will throw her in the "back of my squad car," according to the report.

Capt. Davis backed up her written complaint saying Sgt. Floyd was "unprofessional, belligerent and disrespectful."

When Cathcart filed her complaint, she didn’t know Sgt. Davis had a dashboard camera on his car and a body camera on his chest. The complaint and video tell different stories.

The police department showed the video to Cathcart, who later changed her story and recanted the error of Sgt. Floyd using profanity. Officials later found Cathcart and Capt. Davis "less than truthful in their written and recorded statements," according to the report.

The Stone Mountain police chief and the DeKalb fire chief did not comment about the incident. 

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