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Georgia Police say they are better at detecting drugs than drug tests
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5-11-2017

Georgia Cop Decides A Sober Woman Is High On Marijuana, Jails Her

Katelyn Ebner spent a night in jail and months fighting charges, all because of what one attorney calls police “guesswork.”

When a police officer in Cobb County, Georgia, pulled Katelyn Ebner over in April 2016, the 23-year-old figured she had nothing to be worried about. She’d just gotten off a waitressing shift at a restaurant, but she hadn’t been drinking. She was tired, maybe, but not drunk ― and certainly not high.

Over the course of a nearly half-hour traffic stop, however, Officer Tracy Carroll made it clear that he believed Ebner was driving intoxicated, which had supposedly caused her car to cross the center line. And Carroll was intent on confirming that suspicion using his training as a drug recognition expert, a controversial certification that some critics say can put innocent people in jail based on “guesswork.”

In a dashcam video later obtained by WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta that first reported on Ebner’s story, Carroll asks Ebner to step out of her vehicle, then he proceeds to conduct a 20-minute field sobriety test. Ebner repeatedly says she’s “nervous,” telling Carroll it’s the first time she’s been pulled over. At one point, Carroll shines a bright, blueish light into Ebner’s eyes for nearly three minutes. He asks her to blow into a Breathalyzer, which returns a negative result. Then Carroll makes

Ebner perform a number of exercises: walk heel-to-toe, touch her nose, look here, look there.
Finally, he makes his conclusion.

“You’re showing me indicators that you have smoked marijuana,” Carroll tells Ebner as he goes to handcuff her.

Ebner spent the night in jail, accused of driving under the influence, which caused her to lose her alcohol server’s permit for work. Although she maintained her innocence and submitted to a required blood test, Ebner wouldn’t be fully vindicated until four months later, when that test, as well as a separate urine screen she got through a private lab, came back negative. With scientific evidence to counter Carroll’s conclusion, prosecutors dropped the charges against Ebner. But not before she spent thousands of dollars in legal fees, she says.

Reached by HuffPost on Thursday, the Cobb County Police Department said it was reviewing Ebner’s arrest but believed Carroll had acted in accordance with his training.

As WXIA reports, Ebner’s ordeal wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2016, Carroll arrested at least two more motorists on suspicion of driving while high on marijuana only to have their drug tests come back negative.

“They’re ruining people’s lives,” Ebner told WXIA.

These sorts of field screening tests are troubling to William Head, a Georgia criminal defense attorney.

“The case law around the country says if a person has had this additional training, they’re allowed to get up [on the stand] and tell the jury that they have special training and can detect things that even a doctor can’t detect,” Head told HuffPost.



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I am not surprised Georgia is getting away with this, for now.
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This should be a major news story. wonder why its not
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(05-18-2017, 10:30 AM)ocre Wrote: This should be a major news story.  wonder why its not

It's been covered up because this is easy big money for them snaring innocent people.
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