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Georgia Police Officers Used A Coin Flip App To Decide Whether To Arrest A Woman

All charges have been dropped against the driver they arrested.

Posted on July 17, 2018, at 2:23 p.m. ET

Two Georgia police officers are on administrative leave after a news investigation revealed that they used a coin flip app to determine whether to arrest a woman for speeding.

WXIA-TV / 11Alive

In body-camera footage obtained by local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, Roswell, Georgia, police officers Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson are heard debating what to do with a woman they pulled over for speeding.

In the footage, the driver, 24-year-old Sarah Webb, is seen apologizing to Brown for speeding, saying that she was late for work. At the officer's request, she hands over her license and car keys and Brown returns to the police cruiser, where Wilson is waiting.

When Brown returns to the police cruiser, she is heard asking Wilson whether they should arrest Webb for speeding and reckless driving due to the wet road conditions, or issue her a ticket. Brown then tells Wilson to hold on before pulling out her phone and opening a coin flip app.

"A [for arrest] head, R [for release] tail," Wilson said.

Brown agrees and the sound of a coin flipping from the app is audible on the body-camera footage.

“This is tail right," Wilson then is heard asking Brown what the display shows.

"Yeah," Brown is heard saying. "So release?”

Wilson instead is heard telling her partner the code for an arrest. Brown, laughing, begins the arrest process. The footage then shows Webb being handcuffed and escorted to the police cruiser, where she sits, sobbing.

The video footage can be seen in this WXIA-TV segment:

View this video on YouTube

Brown and Wilson are now facing an internal investigation over the arrest, which occurred in April but wasn't uncovered until WXIA-TV obtained body-camera footage and began asking questions.

During Webb's court appearance on July 9, the charges against her were dismissed, which she said was because of the video footage of her arrest.

"[The prosecutor] said, 'I have watched the videos and I absolutely refuse to prosecute this case,'" Webb said.

On Friday, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant apologized, saying the behavior "is not indicative of the hardworking officers of the Roswell Police Department."

Webb said Friday that she is happy the charges have been dropped, but still can't believe the officers used a coin flip to determine her fate.

WXIA-TV / 11Alive

"My civil liberties were violated," Webb told the New York Times. "To think that these are the people who are supposed to be helping us and looking out for us. My freedom was put at risk because of a coin flip. It was a game to them."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.