Clayton County, Georgia Police Officer Thomas Sheats was arrested and placed on leave, facing charges of simple battery, simple assault, and disorderly conduct, after being accused of spitting on a woman and calling her a racial slur.
The incident began on June 29 in Locust Grove when Michele Griffth, 27, reported that Sheats began to follow her. Sheats followed her for miles, blowing his horn, driving erratically, and bumping into her car. Griffith said that when they pulled into a parking lot, where she was going to get pizza, Sheats approached her car and began to angrily shout at her.
According to WSB-TV2:
“Why the (expletive) you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road.”
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.
Griffith said Sheats, who wasn’t in uniform, drove away.
Tristan Holt works in the shopping center, and said Sheats was out of control and in Griffith’s face.
“He was in her face the entire time. It was wrong. Everything he did was wrong in my opinion,” he said.
One woman took a picture of Sheats’ truck.
Griffith thinks he’s not fit to wear the badge.
“I want him gone, period,” she said.
This isn’t the first run-in with the law for Sheats, either; two years ago, he was arrested for domestic violence. As a result of the incident on June 29, however, he’s been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Chief Greg Porter released a statement saying that Internal Affairs was investigating, and that he was extremely concerned and will address the matter immediately.
Watch the report on the racist Georgia cop below.