A Clayton County, Georgia, police officer has been arrested and placed on administrative leave following a road rage incident where he allegedly tailgated a woman in her car before following her into a parking lot, where he called her a “low life piece of [expletive] n*gger,” and then spit on her.
Police officer Thomas Sheats faces charges of simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct, according to WSB-TV.
According to police, Sheats tailgated a car driven by Michele Griffith, 27, for miles, blowing his horn, swerving from side to side, and bumping her vehicle from behind with his truck.
Griffith said that after she pulled into a parking lot, where she was going to get pizza, Sheats approached her car screaming at her
“‘Why the [expletive] you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road’,” Griffith said Sheats yelled at her.
After telling him that he could have gone around her, the off-duty police officer exploded in anger.
“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of [expletive] n*gger’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said.
According to Griffith , Sheats was screaming so loud that patrons came out of some of the stores and attempted to block his truck in until police arrived. Witnesses told police they heard Sheats cursing and using the n-word, and one witness saw him spit on the woman.
Sheats, who was not in uniform at the time of the incident, got back into his truck and drove away but not before witnesses wrote down his license plate number and snapped pictures of his truck.
Tristan Holt, who works at the pizza parlor saw the whole incident.
“He was in her face the entire time,” Holt told WSB. “It was wrong, everything he did was wrong, in my opinion.”
WSB reports that Sheats was arrested two years ago for domestic violence, and is now on unpaid administrative leave while Internal Affairs investigates the incident.
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