COPS traffic stop has Augusta man calling out the Richmond County Sheriffs Office


News 12 at 11 O'clock / Sunday, October 6, 2013

Augusta, G.a. (WRDW) - Blue lights and rolling cameras.

It's been a few weeks since Cops TV cameras made their way into the Augusta area.

And it's already causing a stir for some drivers.

"In that area, I had already noticed that several others had been stopped," said Hagan.

A traffic stop, anything but ordinary to this man who wants us to call him Hagan.

He says he was pulled over by Richmond County deputies in the Harrisburg area, in broad daylight.

"I wonder, why do I see cameras and what's going on with this, so I asked them and he didn't give me any information," he said.

He says Deputies made him aware of a broken tail light and dark tinting on his windows.

"After he had checked everyone's identification, he asked us could he search our vehicle, and I told him no," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

Hagan says deputies made a call in for drug dogs and then ordered he and his friends out of the car.

"We were searched twice by both officers, when one of my companions asked why we were being searched for the second time, Officer Swints response was 'to satisfy his urge'," he said.

Hagan video taped the whole traffic stop.

After, he posted it on his Facebook page.

"I saw a need that someone needs to be aware of what the Richmond County Sheriffs Department is doing," he said.

A little over 550 likes and more than five-hundred shares later, his video has gone viral.

Hagan, now thinks there's something up with the law in Richmond County.

"I'm finding it more and more difficult to differentiate between who are the criminals and who's the police in this city," he said.

And with Cops filming in Augusta for a few more weeks, he's wanting to know...

Are deputies doing it for the show?

"To go through this amount of measures simply because the cameras are rolling, it leaves me to question, what are you doing when the cameras are not on," Hagan said.

News 12 is working to get the contract between the Richmond County Sheriffs Office and the TV show, Cops.

We will have more on this developing story.


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