VPD officer disciplined for using profanity during drug investigation (VIDEO)

| April 15, 2016

VALDOSTA – A Valdosta police officer has been disciplined after a video surfaced online showing the detective using profanity during a drug investigation.

Valdosta Police Department was conducting the investigation April 12 when a heated exchange occurred between the detective and residents of a home. The residents video taped the encounter and uploaded it to YouTube the next day.

“We were made aware of this video a couple of days ago,” said VPD Chief Brian Childress. “There has never been an official complaint filed on this. However, a citizen sent me the video, and immediately I forwarded it to one of my deputy chiefs, and we investigated it.”

The internal investigation determined the detective violated department policy during the incident and was disciplined. Childress said he would not comment on the exact nature of the discipline because it is a personnel matter.

“I spoke with him myself. He understands what he did wrong,” Childress said. “He has been with us for a few years. He’s a good detective, but he made a mistake, and I dealt with it. I’m confident that this won’t happen again. I’ve never had any issues with this detective. There is no pattern of this detective using profane language or losing his temper, and that is why he was not terminated. But he was disciplined, and at this point I consider the matter closed.”

The video shows the unidentified residents repeatedly claim they are not involved with narcotics.

“We were obviously over there for a reason,” Childress said. “Now, I’m not going to jeopardize an open investigation, but my review of it determined they had every right to be over there.”

Although it is not seen in the video, Childress confirmed that one of the residents was carrying a handgun while talking with police.

“They were doing a narcotics investigation at the location of the video, and although I will not condone officers using profanity and yelling there was more to the video than what has been shown,” Childress said. “In fact my review of it found that my officers was wrong in his conduct and his language, but the actions of some other folks while he was doing his investigation was also wrong. But in either case, the fact of the matter is that he is a police officer, and I’m not going to tolerate that.”

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  1. Whatever says:

    Childress said. “In fact my review of it found that my officers was wrong in his conduct and his language, but the actions of some other folks while he was doing his investigation was also wrong. But in either case, the fact of the matter is that he is a police officer, and I’m not going to tolerate that.” –

    NOPE THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE COPS IS WRONG AND HAD NO BUSINESS BEING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!

    Childress is NO GOOD just like the rest of them. He takes up for foolish cops and this idiot’s disciplinary actions were undoubtedly, smack on the wrist- “don’t do that no more please.”

  2. COPHATER says:

    Real tough guy with his gun and police buddies with him it wont be long Valdosta it wont be long

  3. Greg Freeman says:

    If they were doing a proper investigation on the property they would have already had a warrant.

  4. Marcus E Dame, MPA says:

    No, no, no! Not profanity!! Drug dealers will be quite offended…

  5. A. Randy Duncan says:

    Make sure to note that the guy who filmed this later admitted to conspire to commit a felony by using a telecommunications device to purchase methamphetamine. Accepting a few cuss words to get a felon ,possibly countless others through investigation, off the streets.

    Great case here. Cuss a felon yes, but no rights were violated and a good cop trying get white trash off the streets.

  6. Teri says:

    Officer can’t hold his temper he does not need to be an officer.They get by with just about everything these days anyway.

  7. Phyrst1 says:

    We don’t know the evidence/reason the police had to be there. Did the detective use profanity? Yes. However, people involved in these types of investigations don’t usually subscribe to Ms. Manners Book of Etiquette. Nothing to see here.

  8. Jesse says:

    If that was me talking to a cop like that I would be slammed to the ground and beat down by all of the cop’s that was there and put in jail. But all they did to him is slap his hand. SMH

  9. Jason Monroe says:

    Seems to be a common thing now that Childress has to defend the actions of his officers who get caught on video. What really bothers me is the attitude of “well we’re there for a reason so something must be going on” If something was going on your “detective” would have had a warrant from a judge. Instead your officers tried a bully and intimidation technique designed to get the homeowner to step just far enough out of line where the officers would be justified in arresting him and circumventing a warrant by making the home a crime scene. It is despicable what your department has become Childress.

  10. Wiener Today says:

    SCARED?? LMAO

  11. Still no Commits.... says:

    Gettin’ worried? Scared? Can you say WUSSBALL?