Two law enforcement officers from different agencies in Georgia were filmed threatening to arrest each other.
The incident, which took place between a Hiawassee Police officer and the Sheriff of Towns County last week, is drawing controversy.
HPD Sergeant Tracy James was finishing a traffic stop when TCSO Sheriff Ken Henderson approached and began asking the driver a series of questions.
When Sergeant James protested that the stop began in city limits, the Sheriff shut him down.
“I’ll arrest you right now,” Sheriff Henderson responded to Sgt. James.
According to 11Alive, a heated exchange began, with James telling Henderson to “shut the f*** up.”
Sheriff Henderson responded by calling James a “fu*kboi.”
Officials within the city and county were quick to respond.
“My advice to the sheriff at this time is to not make any statements because this will be an ongoing investigation,” County Attorney Robb Kiker said. “The frustration exhibited by the sheriff on the video is a result of a broader issue and will be referred for further investigation by the proper authorities.”
“We regret that this unfortunate event occurred,” HPD Chief Paul Smith said in a statement. “The Hiawassee Police Department will continue to strive for excellence in safety and service to our citizens and visitors while working with all public agencies to accomplish that goal.”
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