HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested, accused of spitting on a woman and calling her a racial slur.
Clayton County police Officer Thomas Sheats faces simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
He was arrested and booked into the Henry County Jail but has since bonded out.
Henry County police said the incident began June 29 on Highway 155 in Locust Grove. Michele Griffith, 27, said that's where Sheats followed her for miles, blowing his horn, driving erratically and bumping her car.
Griffith said when they pulled into a parking lot where she was going to get pizza, Sheats approached her car and angrily shouted at her.
"Why the (expletive) you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road,” Griffith said Sheats told her.
She told Sheats he could have went around her. She said that's when he really exploded.
"'I couldn't pass, you low life piece of (expletive) (n-word)' ... and (he) spit on me," Griffith said was Sheats' response.
Griffith said she was horrified. She said Sheats was screaming so loud people came out of stores and attempted to block him in until police arrived.
Some people wrote down his tag number, as did Griffith. Police said some of the witnesses heard Sheats cursing at Griffith and using a racial slur. One man said he saw him spit on her.
Another Georgia police officer, Detective Sgt. Scott Biumi, 48, of neighboring DeKalb County, in a similar incident was sentenced earlier this year for pulling a gun on a young man for allegedly "holding up a McDonald's drive thru line." Despite threatening the man with execution, he avoided jail and was sentenced to 10 years probation and 120 hours of community service. Such caliber of individuals are attracted to being police not to protect and serve but to lord over and dominate.
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