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Video: Police Body Cam Leads to Firing of Georgia Fire Captain

February 19, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Police Body Cam Leads to Firing of Georgia Fire Captain

Last year two Atlanta-area firefighters complained to the Stone Mountain police department that one of its police officers used curse words during a May traffic stop.

But now, following an internal investigation, the DeKalb Fire Department has fired a long time Captain and given a notice of termination to another employee who resigned.

Stone Mountain Police Sgt. Steven Floyd pulled over DeKalb Fire Captain Terrell Davis for an expired tag at a local school. Davis called his co-worker Krystal Cathcart to the scene.

Sgt. Floyd issued the ticket but had to ask Krystal Cathcart to step away from the scene, since she wasn't involved in the traffic stop.

Krystal Cathcart later filed a written complaint, which included a warning about making a false sworn statement. She claimed Sgt. Floyd created "a sense of fear" at the scene, cussed her out twice, telling her to "back the f--- up" or he will throw her in the "back of my squad car."

DeKalb Fire Captain Terrell Davis backed up her written complaint saying Sergeant Floyd was "unprofessional, belligerent and disrespectful," Fox5 Atlanta reports.

After Stone Mountain PD played Sgt. Floyd's body camera video showing no cussing, Ms. Cathcart changed her story, writing "I recant the error of Sgt. Floyd using profanity."

DeKalb Fire Department Chief Darnell Fullum said there was an obvious issue of truthfulness and following an internal affairs investigation, the department accepted Krystal Cathcart’s resignation in lieu of termination.  And it fired veteran Captain Terrell Davis.

Captain Davis’ attorney says he will appeal.


Comments (10)

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Percy @ 2/19/2016 4:29 PM

This is what happens to people in jobs where you are actually responsible for your actions.

Officer John Slepski said “I think we oughta just f***ing pop him, ” and referred to as a “f***ing a**hole.” Did he lose his job of course not.

The person he felt he should be able to kill was a homeless alcoholic.
Or as you people would say terrorist.

Did any of you try to apply pressure to have this bad apple removed?
Of course not.

Ron McCallion @ 2/20/2016 6:33 AM

We all have freedom of speech, but making up lies and false reporting are not our rights.

J.Johnson @ Retired LEO @ 2/20/2016 9:18 AM

How dare they fire these upstanding people of the community. Do they not know that it is perfectly alright to lie and make false allegations against Police officers, as this is done all the time and nothing is usually done to anyone. And of course while it is against the law in all States and the Federal govt. to make false allegations and to lie while swearing to be truthful, this should not be held to anyone filing a complainant against a police officer and usually is not. Body cameras are going to catch a weigh lot more people lying to the police than police lying. And these people should be arrested for providing false statements to Law Enforcement. And Percy while the language of that officer was not professional and demeaning, at least he was not lying.

jreb @ 2/21/2016 2:23 AM

Percy,

Who is Officer Slepski and what incident are you referring to? Have a link? Cuz I never heard of him. Did the "homeless alcoholic" suffer any loss due to the officer's statements? Was he in danger of losing his job, denied promotion, or otherwise disciplined due if a lie by the officer was not proven false? Was he, in fact, a "f***ing a**hole"? What were the circumstances surrounding the alleged comments by the officer?

Bob peterson @ 2/22/2016 5:39 PM

the body cameras which originally were recommended so we could all see the white police officers abusing blacks and other mnorities have backfired. These cameras are showing that most of the problems are being caused by the accuser instead of the police. Most people already knew this. The fire personnel got what they needed. I lost something, what is Percy talking about?

Bob peterson @ 2/22/2016 6:00 PM

The body cams originally purchased to show the brutality of white officers on minorities are finally showing the truth. It's the perps that are lying,shooting at, cursing and disobeying the police officers. Most people already knew this. 99 percent of police officers are doing their jobs in the correct way. These fire personnel got what they needed. I would like to know if the officer was white. If it's a white officer dealing with minorities, it will always be blown up and reported in a negative light. Let's start showing all of the police body cam videos and the truth will come out. If a police officer does wrong, punish him or her. If a perp does wrong, punish him or her. If a perp can sue for millions when an officer does bad, an officer should be able to sue when he or she did nothing wrong. Be safe officers. I missed something, what is Percy talking about?

Bob peterson @ 2/22/2016 6:04 PM

The body cams originally purchased to show the brutality of white officers on minorities are finally showing the truth. It's the perps that are lying,shooting at, cursing and disobeying the police officers. Most people already knew this. 99 percent of police officers are doing their jobs in the correct way. These fire personnel got what they needed. I would like to know if the officer was white. If it's a white officer dealing with minorities, it will always be blown up and reported in a negative light. Let's start showing all of the police body cam videos and the truth will come out. If a police officer does wrong, punish him or her. If a perp does wrong, punish him or her. If a perp can sue for millions when an officer does bad, an officer should be able to sue when he or she did nothing wrong. Be safe officers. I missed something, what is Percy talking about?

Popo @ 2/23/2016 6:40 AM

Percy, we will start tattling on our own when you start doing the same. Your obvious contempt for LEO's is evident and yes there are cops who shouldn't be on the job. But there are far less of them, then criminals who shouldn't be on the street. I apologize for the officer who didn't treat you like the upstanding citizen you think your are.

Robert Hilsman, M.D. @ 2/27/2016 6:11 PM

The best way for those professionals who use this site to deal with a troll like Percy (if in fact that is his/her name) is to simply ignore them every time anything is posted to the site. Just act as if he does not exist. This method worked on other sites and will also work here. Of course, later the site administrator simply blocked all the inappropriate/ignorant posts. Former LEO now a trauma Doc.

Robert Hilsman, M.D. @ 2/27/2016 6:16 PM

The best way to deal with 'trolls' like 'Percy' (if, in fact that is his/her name) is to simply ignore every post placed on this site. When his ignorant/unprofessional/irrelevant comments are constantly ignored he will go away. This has worked well on many other sites and will work here as well. Just ignore them. Former LEO now a trauma Doc.

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