A Georgia police officer was recently caught on his own dashcam video telling an African American driver “I don’t care about your people.”
The bizarre incident of overt racism came out of the blue during a traffic stop. Far from denying it, the department tells us that officer Maurice Lawson did in fact say this, and that he has been disciplined and reassigned.
The footage is from a November 16 traffic stop that occurred at around 2am. That’s when Brian Baker, 33, was pulled over for a “traffic violation” that was a dubious pretext at best for the stop.
But Baker isn’t the one being cited now. Cobb County police Capt. J.D. Adcock said that an investigation found Lawson had violated the department’s code of conduct during the stop, in an Atlanta suburb.
Baker did everything “right” that people – particularly within the African American community – are told to do when interacting with the police. Professionally, he is a middle school teacher, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
He also maintains he was not speeding or “failing to maintain his lane.” When he saw the officer, in fact, he drove with meticulous care, to not give the officer any reason to stop him.
Still, the officer did. Lawson says to Baker, in the video, “Alright, I’m gonna give you two tickets. One for speeding, one for failure to maintain lane. Alright? If you don’t mind signing, that’s it.”
After signing the ticket, Baker asks if he can leave.
The officer then is heard responding, “Can you go? Leave. Go Away. Go to Fulton County. I don’t care about your people man, go.”
Astonished, the middle school teacher responded to the suburban cop, “you don’t care about my people? My people?”
The officer responded, mocking urban slang, saying “Go to Fulton County, cuz. Go. You’re pissing me off.”
When the driver again asked him – astonished – by the brazen racism being recorded on video, what he meant by “your people,” the officer responded, “Do you want to step out and talk to me?.
Baker responds, “what am I going to step out for? To fight the police, for what?”
After Baker leaves, the officer can be heard on camera saying “I lose my cool man, every time. Why do I got to deal with s*** like that? This is the f****** America we live in, ain’t it?”