Cobb Commissioner: Police tailed me because I wasn't white or in affluent neighborhood

November 13, 2012 Austell - Portrait of Lisa Cupid, Cobb County Commissioner-elect of District 4, at Wingate Hotel in Austell on Nov. 13. Cupid, a community activist and engineering professional, beat incumbent Woody Thompson for the southeast Cobb seat on the County Commission. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM



“That police officer was not there to protect and serve. He was there to harass and intimidate."

That's how Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, in a seven-page memo obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, describes a police officer she said improperly followed her in an undercover vehicle late one night last week.

Cupid says in the memo to county leadership that she believes "this type of provocation is protocol" for Cobb police.

"I believe the officer who followed me had complete and utter disregard for my safety, my well-being and the sanctity of community," her memo says, adding, "I do not believe for one moment that a Lexus … would be tailed and intimidated by a police officer in East Cobb, West Cobb or North Cobb, Vinings (or) the Cumberland area — especially if the driver was white or (in) a neighborhood of affluence."

Cobb offficials said the officer "acted within departmental policies and guidelines" — but that "the incident reflects an unfortunate series of events" that "inadvertently frightened Commissioner Cupid, understandably so."