ATLANTA – Performance reviews of a white Georgia police officer shown on video telling a black driver he doesn't care about "your people" says the officer is a good decision-maker and was a leader of his 2014 police recruit class, but was also told to work on dealing with the public.
Cobb County police Officer Maurice Lawson's personnel file, obtained under Georgia's open records law, includes a supervisor's observation that he needs to work on his "interpersonal skills with the public."
County officials are investigating Lawson's actions in the Nov. 16 traffic stop outside Atlanta, in which he argues with the motorist and refers to him as "cuz." They have yet to announce any final disciplinary measures.
Local Fraternal Order of Police president Steve Gaynor said Lawson is an outstanding officer.