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Priceville officer: 'Go back to your trash in Decatur'

The woman recorded the exchange after being pulled over for a malfunctioning tag light on her car.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 4:06 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 11:56 AM

The Priceville Police Department is responding after one of their officers was recorded telling a woman to "go back to your trash in Decatur" and that "it's a shame God allowed people like you to breathe."

WAAY 31 obtained the recording and has independently verified that the officer caught in the heated exchange with an equally upset citizen is patrolman Don Carr. The woman recorded the audio on her cell phone after being pulled over for the light above her license plate being out. She was not given a ticket. 

Priceville Police sent WAAY 31 a statement Wednesday.

"The Priceville Police Department has become aware that a person who was the subject of a recent traffic stop by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has sought to cast a Priceville officer who was present at the stop in a negative light by publicizing a verbal interaction she had with the officer," the statement begins.

"It is an unfortunate fact that officers sometimes encounter persons who do not conduct themselves respectfully. Nonetheless, the Department expects its officers to perform professionally in their dealings with the public, regardless of the conduct they face from citizens with whom they interact. This will continue to be the policy and expectation of the Priceville Police Department."

Priceville Police would not answer questions about any disciplinary actions they may take with the officer and said they won't comment because it relates to a personnel matter.

WAAY 31 reached out to the woman who recorded and posted the exchange for comment.

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