Men claim they were racially profiled by police officer - CBS46 News

Men claim they were racially profiled by police officer

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Three people filed and settled a lawsuit against a Dunwoody police officer for unconstitutional searches.

CBS46 spoke to Jermaine Muhammad and Daniel Greene, two of the three men listed in the lawsuit. They said they were pulled over by Officer Dale Laskowski back in 2013.

In dash cam video obtained by CBS46, you can hear Officer Laskowski say: “Something just ain't not sitting right with me about this guy; maybe it's just that I'm amped up about complaints with people that I've dealt with today."

“When you say repeatedly I have no way of really telling what it is about this person that makes me want to search them, keep them for an hour…that’s where the line is drawn,”  said attorney Mark Bullman.

 Bullman said the searches were unconstitutional.

“That’s the exact opposite of reasonable articulable suspicious. It’s obvious he can’t articulate what the person is doing wrong," said Bullman.

“I felt as if he tried to make it as if I made him nervous and there was one point when I bent down to tie my shoe and he asked if I was gona run on him,” said Green.

Green and Muhammad said they feel as though they were racially profiled.

“I feel as if, if I were a Caucasian male, this wouldn’t have been a problem,” said Green.

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan disagreed.

“I don’t think that’s the case…we’ve looked at that and found that there’s no racial profiling going on,” said Grogan.

Chief Grogan admitted he changed police policy because of Muhammad’s complaint. Now an officer will have to ask a supervisor’s permission to use a police K9.

The city also got involved, settling a multi-thousand dollar lawsuit with each of Bullman’s clients.

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