Inside the wallet, officers found a stress ball, which they opened, tested for drugs and claimed to have found cocaine inside, the lawsuit states.
Ms. Goldring believes “they are joking,” the lawsuit states, but that is not the case.
Officers Henry and Restrepo took Ms. Goldring to the Fulton County Jail. There, she saw officers conducting drug tests for the contents of the stress ball and heard one officer say to Officer Henry, “Put it away, man,” after multiple test results. test was negative, the complaint states.
Officers then told Ms. Goldring that she would have to wait in jail until test results came back from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, her attorney said. Her alternative is a bond payment set at $25,500, an amount she cannot afford.
While in prison, Ms. Goldring was placed in a dormitory for people who identify as transgender, but she was still subjected to sexual misconduct, her lawyer said.
Ms. Goldring remained there for 5 months and 12 days until March 22, 2016, a day after her charges were dropped. The GBI determined on November 17, 2015, that the contents of the stress ball were not cocaine or any other narcotic, the lawsuit states.
In his ruling, Judge Ray said there were “two injustices that seemed to come to light at the trial.” The first occurred when Atlanta police officers testified that they arrested pedestrians – a troubling practice, Judge Ray said, because such low-level offenses can “make seriously disrupting a person’s life,” leading to discrimination. He said that officers’ energy “could be better used for more pressing operations, such as tackling violent crimes”.
A second concern for the judge arose when Atlanta’s deputy sheriff, Darin Schierbaum, testified that officers work under a system that rewards them with points for executing a traffic order, an arrest or other actions.
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