CBS Atlanta has obtained exclusive police dash-cam video that was recorded Friday, Oct. 28.
An Atlanta officer pulled over a black Lexus driven by Tracy Reed. Reed is the brother of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
The officer stopped Tracy Reed on Campbellton Road near Barge Road in Southwest Atlanta around 11:30 a.m.
Sources tell CBS Atlanta the officer stopped Reed for having an expired tag on his car.
After the officer ran Reed's information, he found out Reed had more problems than just his tag.
The state suspended Reed's driver's license in July and it has been expired since 2006.
Former DeKalb County District Attorney J.Tom Morgan was surprised when he found out how long Reed's license has been expired.
"Am I reading this right? It's been expired since 2006? So he's been driving without a license for five years!" said Morgan.
Morgan watched the video of Tracy Reed's traffic stop.
On it, you can see the officer walk back to Reed's car after he finds out about Reed's suspended license.
While he's talking to Tracy Reed, you can hear someone blow a car horn behind him. The officer looks back and then he walks out of the camera's view.
A few minutes later the video shows Atlanta's Zone 4 Commander, Major Rodney Bryant, walk to Tracy Reed's car carrying his suspended driver's license.
Bryant is seen talking to Tracy Reed for a few minutes. He hands him his license back then sends Tracy Reed on his way.
Tracy Reed wasn't arrested or given a citation.
Bryant then walks back to the patrol officer's unit. You can hear on the video Bryant asked the officer if he wrote Tracy Reed a ticket. The officer said he didn't. He was busy checking to see if Tracy Reed's record was clear.
CBS Atlanta's Tony McNary asked Morgan his opinion about Bryant taking over the traffic stop.
"It's my experience that zone commanders do not respond to traffic citations or traffic infractions," said Morgan.
During CBS Atlanta's investigation we also discovered Tracy Reed, who is a 12-year city employee, has an active warrant for his arrest. An Atlanta municipal judge signed it on Oct. 6.
"Everything you've shown me could be an officer's discretion. A bench warrant is not discretion. If it were me and your a**, we would be grass," said Morgan.
McNary asked Tracy Reed about his license on Tuesday.
"It has been brought to my attention that you are driving without a valid license. It that true?" asked McNary.
"You're going to have to take everything up with our communication department," said Tracy Reed.
"Do they handle your driver's license?" McNary asked.
"You're going to have to take everything through our communication department," Tracy Reed said.
Besides driving his own vehicle with a suspended license, our camera also caught Tracy Reed driving a city vehicle.
"My greatest concern is that he is a city employee, driving a city vehicle and has not had a license in five years. That doesn't compute," said Morgan.
CBS Atlanta has Tough Question for the city: How has Tracy Reed gotten away with it for so long?
"Whether or not he was given favoritism because of his brother or because of his position with the city, we'll never know," said Morgan.
CBS Atlanta requested an interview about the traffic stop with Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner.
We are still waiting for a response.
On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office said the commissioner of Human Resources launched an investigation into why Tracy Reed has driven city vehicles without a valid license.
Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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