Clayton County police Officer Thomas Sheats faces simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct charges after spitting on a Black woman and calling her the n-word, reports WSBTV.com.
Sheats has bonded out of jail but has been placed on leave while the incident is under investigation.
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Henry County police said the incident began June 29 on Highway 155 in Locust Grove. Michele Griffith, 27, said that’s whereSheats 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 saidSheats 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.