Are Cobb County Sheriff’s Deputies breaking the law? You decide (6/20/2013)

MARIETTA – (6/21/2013) – Two frantic scenes emerged around the Courts at Marietta Square just yesterday.  The rush to find a bail jumper was on in front of the courts while a rush to avoid press attention of a possible broken law was in progress behind the courts.

Yep – another busy day in Marietta Square!  Here’s the story of the bail jumper:
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22646679/courts-issue-warrant-for-bond-jumping-car-broker

Matthew Smalls is the bondsman who is offering a $3,000 reward for the capture of tri-county fugitive Johnny Cummings, who has jumped bail and missed three court dates in Cobb, Fulton, and DeKalb Counties.  Christopher King reported the story for CBS Atlanta.

At the rear of the courthouses, a lone Sheriff’s Dept. deputy sat in his marked department car, parked in the right-turn lane that runs from Haynes Street into Washington Avenue.  None of his lights were flashing and it appeared to me that his car’s engine was off.  A non-marked “citizen” car – vacant – was parked in the turn lane behind the deputy’s car.  Alas, sadly, a citizen did not in fact pull over a deputy.  Curious, I pulled out a cell phone to take a video, and realized that there was a whole row of vehicles on the opposite side of Haynes Street, parked on both the grass area and in the lane, obstructing the occasional traffic that passed through Haynes Street.

Here’s the scene:
Scene Panoramic Image

Panorama of the scene.

Here’s the photo gallery of the scene:

There’s more, but an agreement was made to withhold the publishing of any shots of the plainclothes guy who pulled in after arrival on-scene, pending a discussion with counsel.

So – what is your verdict – were the deputies violating traffic law?

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2 Responses to Are Cobb County Sheriff’s Deputies breaking the law? You decide (6/20/2013)

  1. Jeff Hinkle says:

    They were not as ga law allows anyone to park anywhere under direction of a law enforcement officer. You can look it up. It’s sad but true. Cops break many traffic laws however and if you want to police them you can simply pull some of their dash can video and review it for other traffic law violation while they don’t have BOTH sirens and lights on. Call their precinct commander and open a complaint on them. It will be found unsustained as they usually do then when you have the report number go to the magistrates court and file a warrant against them. They will have to show up attorney in tow to defend against this. If it’s on video you have irrefutable evidence since it came from their own dash am. Gotcha!!! Good luck and we need citizens like you to help police the police otherwise they will use their badge to break the law while reading you the riot act about your same infraction. Hypocrisy at its best

  2. cobbcitizen says:

    do you have nothing else better to do with your time??

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