In June, an officer, responding to a call from a gas station clerk that teens were playing with a gun, pulled out his revolver while talking to the group of boys. (The boys said they had a BB gun, which they later threw into nearby bushes).
The incident was caught on video by passersby, which led to days of protests. It also put a national spotlight on Clayton County at a time when the nation was roiling over the Memorial Day death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
Clayton Police Chief Kevin Roberts was asked about the department’s ethics, including whether they were followed in the incident with the teens.
"One of our key values is transparency and integrity," he said. "I know there is a debate about whether those core values were involved in the incident. I still submit there was total transparency through the body camera and the vehicle camera footage associated with that interaction."
Others wanted to know where the department stood on changing social issues, such as the acceptance in some cities of marijuana use. Roberts said he has given his officers discretion on when to make an arrest for marijuana possession, which is usually in the commission of another offense.
But, he said, “Marijuana has not been legalized in the state and it is still a crime.”