However, Freeman allegedly told the rest of his officers something completely different before the investigation was complete, Channel 2 reported.
Saulters’ attorney, Philip Holloway, helped Channel 2 obtain a recording of Freeman, who didn’t know he was being taped, where he seems to defend Saulters.
“(I) want you to know right from the very beginning, I do not think regardless of what the GBI determines that he intended to hit him,” Freeman said in the recording. “There’s not a fiber in my body that believes that.”
But Freeman defended his decision to Channel 2 and said he wasn’t contradicting himself.
"I don’t believe it’s a contradiction in any way, shape or form,” Freeman said.
He went on to say that the actions shown on the recording of Saulters will not be tolerated within his police force.
"I told my police officers that it was not acceptable under any circumstances, and I would not allow for our officers to have the perception that it was OK to use a police vehicle to chase down anybody in that same situation,” Freeman told Channel 2.
Holloway has called Saulters’ firing a “rush to judgment” and “uncalled for.” Saulters was hired Monday by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office.
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