Augusta, GA – We have learned more information on the investigation into a Richmond County Board of Education Police Department officer parking her cruiser in a fire lane at a Richmond County shopping center.
Kaden Jacobs, who is the Richmond County Board of Education’s communication and community engagement manager, tells us that a formal complaint has been now been filed.
Jacobs says the complainant spoke with school system officials and filed a formal complaint against the officer in question. The school’s system Department of Safety and Security is handling the incident as a personnel matter, according to Jacobs.
Augusta, GA – A picture is worth a thousand words and these say a lot…a Richmond County Board of Education Police Department cruiser parked in a fire lane at a shopping center.
Zachary Badger says he snapped the shots while waiting for his wife, then approached the officer. “She pointed at her badge and said, ‘I can do what I want.This allows me to’,” Badger said.
Badger says he then suggested giving the officer his nearby parking spot so she could move out of the fire lane. “She said, ‘if you keep it up, you’re not going to like the outcome of the day. I’ll have you arrested.'” Badger added.
He says there was no emergency, nothing school-related, and that she was there for more than an hour.
We talked to the Solicitor’s Office, where an employee says a ticket for improper parking will cost you $141.50. You’ll pay $414.50 for parking in a handicapped spot, but nothing specific about fire lanes.
Badger says he wants all officers held accountable. “If we don’t see them upholding the law, what kind of message does it give the youth to do good?” Badger asked.
We made several attempts to talk to the Richmond County Board of Education on camera about this. We were told by their Communications manager that no one would talk to us on camera and this is being handled as a personnel matter.