Atlanta police are conducting a review after a Cobb County woman accused one of their civilian employees of pretending to be a police officer, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news station she accidentally pulled in front of Wayne Cutshall, 67, in traffic and he followed her back to her Acworth home Saturday night. A neighbor started recording on her cellphone when the man stepped into the woman’s driveway and demanded she roll down her window to speak with him.
Her 12-year-old son was in the car at the time, according to a police report.
"He came up and starts banging on the window,” the driver said. “He was saying, ‘I am the police, I am the police, I'm Atlanta police,’ and he held up an ID badge.”
Cutshall was wearing an Atlanta Police Department hat and was carrying his civilian ID, according to the report. He was also wearing a black collared shirt that said “Atlanta Electronic Maintenance Unit.” He told Acworth police he has been employed with the city of Atlanta for more than 20 years.
Acworth police responded when both Cutshall and the driver called 911.
“Cutshall denied that he claimed to be a police officer, but stated that he worked for the police department,” Acworth police said in the report.
Cutshall was arrested on a felony charge of impersonating an officer. He was released from the Cobb jail after posting a $5,720 bond.
Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said “we are aware of the incident” and confirmed Cutshall has been placed on administrative duty pending a meeting with the Office of Professional Standards.
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