Police officer appears to record Facebook video while driving | News
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Clayton County police officer could be in hot water over a private video he posted on Facebook.
The officer, Anthony Walker, sent the 10-second video using his private Facebook account. It shows him, in uniform while apparently driving in his police car, jokingly saying, “I can’t drive and Facebook. It’s illegal, it’s against the law. No. No."
The woman who received the video laughed at first, but the then criticized Walker, writing, "“This is Clayton County, Georgia police officer Anthony Walker making a mockery of Georgia state law by Facebooking while driving his police cruiser.”
Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register told 11Alive’s Jon Shirek that Walker admitted to the video and apologized.
"The officer involved in the incident has taken full responsibility for filming it in a patrol vehicle while on duty, and also he has written a memo, and we are currently investigating the incident," Chief Register said Monday.
Chief Register is investigating possible departmental violations Walker may have committed, including driving unsafely and publishing a video in uniform without approval.
He said he believes Officer Walker was simply kidding around with someone else on Facebook.
"I think that many times across the nation, people who work at various organizations sometimes do things on social media that, when they really think about it, probably wish they hadn't," Register said.
Register would not speculate on what, if any, disciplinary action Walker may face.
"We have a progressive discipline matrix that we use here at the police department. And certainly we're going to be fair to the young man while assuring that there's accountability imposed."
The chief said the issue isn't so much what Walker was saying on the video, it's that he was shooting video while on duty and apparently while driving.
"The thing that disturbs me is the deviation of his attention. He needs to be paying attention to the road, not looking down at a recording device. And of course there are departmental policies that we're also looking at that he may be in violation of.... Operating a vehicle is serious whether you're a police officer or whether you're a citizen. And you don't need to do anything that deviates your attention, whether it be texting, whether it be recording or talking. You need pay attention to the road. As a police officer, we need to set an example."
The chief said officers aren't supposed to text or video while driving their patrol cars unless they're on official business. In that case, state law allows to them to do so.
11Alive News has attempted to reach Officer Walker for comment, and he has not yet responded.