Georgia Cop Caught on Camera Demanding Bribe Resigns, but Still Not Arrested


A Georgia cop who was caught on camera trying to shake down a citizen for a bribe, turning to the woman with the camera and slapping it out of her hand, resigned this week after admitting to the crimes.

But Brandon Brown has yet to be arrested, even though the district attorney has been reviewing the case since August 6, proving once again that police are above the law.

Instead, Dekalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander is vowing to restore “swagger” within the department.

But swagger, defined as carrying oneself arrogantly, pompously or even bullying, is exactly the way they’ve been acting these last few years, which is why another cop was arrested last week on drug trafficking charges and a previous chief was sentenced to prison last year for a bribery conviction and several other officers arrested earlier this year for protecting drug dealers (just a few of several stories I found on Google).

Perhaps the fact that Brown was only demanding $50 from a man in exchange for not arresting him on marijuana charges early last month made him look like small potatoes compared to the rest of the department.

After all, a cop with swagger would have demanded much more.

Call Dekalb County District Attorney Robert James at (404) 371-2561 to inquire as to why Brown has not yet been charged.

Dekalb cop resigns
Brandon Brown resigned after admitting to demanding a $50 bribe.

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Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • American Cannibal

    That fella looks like he has fetal alcohol syndrome. That could explain by why he’s so f-ing stupid.

  • Ian Battles

    “Reviewing it for possible criminal charges”



    • Proud GrandPa

      Before the DA can press charges, he must investigate. Also the video does not say he admitted it… only that he resigned.
      Kudos to the police chief for cleaning up the force.
      This may have something to do with photog rights. The speech on the video is unintelligible, but there is a scene in which the cop in the dark knocks a camera out of the hand of a citizen. .
      Sometimes the perps will lie and say cops planted drugs or asked for bribes. If we had cop cams, we’d know.
      Someday all departments will. This will prevent a lot of false charges aimed at leos.

      • Big Iron

        Unfortunately, cops WILL plant drugs and do other things as well and sometimes do it in groups. This was revealed to me by an ex-cop (ret. health reasons). He suggested ways to help keep some of the things they do from happening (working).
        The ONLY authority that police have is due to the “law” itself not their badge, ID, uniform, etc. Unless a “law” meets “Constitutional” muster it is NOT a “law” but is only “color-of-law” and is NO law at all. In NC every statute that becomes “law” must be preceded by the statement: “The legislature enacts ….”. It must still meet “Constitutional” muster. If the police cannot cite the “law” that gives him authority then he has none!
        There is a mistaken belief that the “police” have a public immunity … they have none at all and can be sued for any damage or misconduct just like anyone else in the “private” because that is where they operate, not the “public”!
        See: NC; Rodney Dale Class; 2012 where he proves in court acting as a “Private Attorney General (PAG)” under an 1866 law of the Federal Act that there are NO “public” … officials, agencies, etc.and they are all acting in the “private”! He won not only the original case but the expected appeal as well. Having won the initial case AND the appeal it has become a case that may be cited in court. So when these guys misbehave … take their stuff. That goes for the “chain-of-command” as well. remember “Andy is responsible for what Barney does!”

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          OK, let’s talk about the whackjob and his court cases.

          “Consequently, the Debtors’ request to have Class appear as a “Private Attorney General” was wholly without merit, and the bankruptcy court properly denied it.” In re Pertuset, 485 B.R. 478 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. 2012).

          “Buess and Class’s complaint is precisely the sort of complaint that warrants dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6). “[T]he courts have unhesitatingly dismissed actions where the complaint[ ] consisted of ‘a labyrinthian prolixity of unrelated and vituperative charges that def[y] comprehension …’ [or] was ‘… confusing, ambiguous, redundant, vague and, in some respects, unintelligible ….’” Buess v. United States, CIV.A. 09-02151 HHK, 2010 WL 3613805 (D.D.C. Sept. 2, 2010) (original edits).

          “[Class] has not established his legal standing to sue, which “is a defect in subject matter jurisdiction,” and, as a lay person, he cannot prosecute a claim on behalf of the Pertusets or any other individuals.” Class v. Buchanan, CIV.A. 13 0150, 2013 WL 506564 (D.D.C. Feb. 5, 2013) (internal cites omitted).

          “Therefore, this Court denied the Debtors’ request for supplemental representation by Mr. Class…” In re Pertuset, 492 B.R. 232, 245 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2012) aff’d, 485 B.R. 478 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. 2012).

          And the comment that he won the original case and the expected appeal?


          Yeah. Right. OK.

          Here’s your sign…

  • JdL

    Instead, Dekalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander is vowing to restore “swagger” within the department.

    “Swagger” is already WAY too high in police forces all across America. This bozo Alexander should be fired immediately. And yeah, I won’t hold my breath.

    • crazyassmofo

      “Swagger” sounds like only a black man would use this term.
      As it is how they walk and act like silverbacks with knuckles dragging and arms a swinging all confrontational-like in their rap videos.

      • Proud GrandPa

        Not all colored people are like those you describe. Most are normal like us… hardworking and law-abiding.

        • crazyassmofo

          Well it would seem I was correct that the term “swagger” was used by a black man as the chief is black upon further investigation. Highly improbable a white man would use this term to describe how his employees should portray themselves.

          Never said all colored people are like I described..

          I was specific to those who are in or emulate rap videos.
          Or those that would use their position as a police officer to extort the measly sum of fifty bucks and put into jeopardy their career.

          I grew up on a predominantly black neighborhood for eight years, the last three being when crack became epidemic.
          No need to lecture me gramps…I know the score.

          If you, as a white person, lived off Sistrunk Boulevard circa 1985, then you would know what I am talking about.

    • Big Iron

      Let’s NOT forget the “chain-of-command”. Remember “Andy is responsible for what Barney does!”

  • crazyassmofo

    Fitty dahllahs!!!
    You know he was hittin’ the pipe.

  • rick

    Don’t forget to charge for deprivation of rights under color of law for attempting to prevent the video recording.

    • Chuck Slauson

      Wouldn’t it be “Battery” when he hit it out of the cameraman’s hands?

      • Big Iron

        Yes, it would!

    • Big Iron

      “Color-of-law” is NO “law” at all and therefore conveys NO AUTHORITY to anyone trying to enforce it. They are, by definition, “outlaws!

  • Jing Yagunazie

    niggers are just as ignorant in uniform.

  • $22798478

    I’d say a good old fashion flood calling needs to take place to put pressure on the D.A. Why pressure needs to be applied is beyond me, but our system is so damn corrupt that’s what it takes! FUCK U PIG

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      His “confession” to Internal Affairs may not be admissible in a criminal prosecution, and the video wasn’t exactly clear on the issue of bribery. It may not be a very strong criminal case.

      • rick

        Please elaborate.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          There are typically two investigations into alleged criminal activity by a police officer, a criminal investigation and and administrative investigation. In the criminal investigation, the accused officer has all the constitutional rights of and is treated as any other citizen is treated. He has the right to remain silent, to have a lawyer, and to refuse to talk to the investigating officers. It is typically investigated by the Criminal Investigation or Detective Division of the department, or by an outside agency, such as the state police or the DA’s office.

          The administrative investigation is different. Typically this is conducted by Internal Affairs. The officer is called in for an interview and given a Garrity warning. This warning tells the officer that he is being ordered to answer questions and to do so truthfully, and that failure to answer the questions is insubordination. Insubordination is grounds for termination. The officer is also advised that nothing he says can be used against him in a criminal trial, which was required by SCOTUS when they decided Garrity. The officer will usually answer the questions and submit a written statement.

          The report held up in the video was labelled “Internal Affairs” which means that the “confession” was probably under Garrity and inadmissible. I also imagine that the DA’s office is cussing the TV station too, since the report of the “confession” can taint the jury pool, making prosecution more difficult.

          • rick

            Thanks for the explanation.
            Why would an IA report be turned over to the DA if the information is inadmissible? Are IA reports available by FOI requests?

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            The DA or anyone involved in the criminal prosecution is not supposed to get the information protected under Garrity since it implicates both self-incrimination and due process concerns.

            It depends on what state you are in for the IA reports. They are generally considered open records in Texas. I don’t know about other states, but it would appear that they are open records in Georgia, since the TV station had a copy.

      • Big Iron

        It will NOT, however, protect him from “civil” suit in the “private”. And the “police” do operate in the “private” not in the “public” so there is no “public immunity”. Per: NC; Rodney Dale Class; 2012. Details posted above.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          You do realize, I hope, that Rodney Dale Class is a whackjob.

          Here’s your sign… Details right below.

  • IcedTeaParty

    Maybe few will care, but the street address for this department is ironically…”420″ W. Trinity Place.

    BTW, the police in this entire region are nothing but pure corruption.

    • Big Iron

      Then take them down. Sue them and take their stuff along with anyone touched by their corruption. The police are in the “private” NOT the “public” and ALL may be sued for everything they have.
      See: NC; Rodney Dale Class; 2012. Police operate in the “private” sector, NOT the “public” and thus have no immunity from suit. He won the initial case and the expected appeal so it may be cited in court.

  • pete

    Carlos, he kicked the camera out of her hand. Much worse.

  • Blantant Racist

    Nigger with a badge. Nothing worse…

    • ProudGrandPa

      Let us not use the N-word please.
      I will post elsewhere on this topic as it applies to this thread and not develop this post further.

  • obbop

    I hope Santa doesn’t bring the lad anything for Christmas.

  • ProudGrandPa

    Aside from comments by others about the race of the cops, does anyone know if there is more, less, or equal corruption among your colored officers than among white officers? Ditto for violations of photog and free speech rights?
    I suspect there is a correlation between liberal views/ democrat party and corruption and censorship… much stronger than that for other views and parties. Congrats to this police chief for setting an lawful and high standard for police behavior. Good work, Chief!

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      There is a correlation. Since everyone knows that Republicans/Conservatives are all about business and making money, corporate greed, etc., it is much more likely for officers of that persuasion to be susceptible to graft, corruption, and repression of rights.

      • Steve Daugherty

        I am an ex-cop myself, do you see a correlation between all these shaved heads, glove wearing, police of today and all this violence? Swagger is a good word to describe them, cocky is an older word. What in the world happened to “public service” and to”serve and protect”? My superiors taught me that IF you are innocent, you have nothing to fear from being taped, etc. but sadly that is not true today. While I applaud those who film, that 30-45 seconds will never tell exactly what happened in the entire arrest. What I do like, is that once a person is down and cuffed, there is NEVER a good reason for hitting, beating, kicking, etc. that person. Bad, violent police are being weeded out, but it takes time–didn’t happen over night and you will not get rid of it over night! Thanks for your good answers.