Visual material emerges from a quarrel between legislator and client when witness confirms that SHE used racist sentence
Images have emerged of a shopper approaching a legislator in Georgia during a spit in a supermarket where she claimed he had told her to go back where you came from.
Police said on Wednesday that they would not sue Eric Sparkes for the incident after an officer's bodycam had also shown a witness that it was actually Rep Erica Thomas who made the inflammatory remarks and not him.
Cobb County police have released security videos from the Publix that shows the moment when the two begin to argue for shocked customers and staff.
The clip has no audio but shows that Sparkes returned to the line to approach pregnant Thomas, pointing to the express lane.
A heated argument then seems to start with the two gestures. At one point, Sparkes seems to run away from the argument before it flares up again.
A second newly released video shows a policeman's cam while interviewing Sparks and witnessing the line.
That shows a spectator in the store who confirms that Thomas used the racist sentence and not Sparkes.
The store employee says: & she said that to him. "You can go back to where you came from" for him. He just kept calling her ignorant. & # 39;
The witness added that Thomas & # 39; kept silent & # 39; as she approached him, but added that she did not walk to them to intervene until they started to become very loud & # 39 ;.
Cobb County police have released security videos from the Publix that shows the moment when the two begin to argue for shocked customers and staff. The clip has no audio but shows that Sparkes returned to the line to approach pregnant Thomas, pointing to the express lane
A second newly released video shows the cam of a police officer while interviewing a witness who says Thomas used the racist sentence and not Sparkes
Another employee, Derrick Tompkins, told it Atlanta Journal-Constitution: & # 39; I'm not going to say that it wasn't said, but I can't remember hearing it. I leave it at that. & # 39;
Thomas went to Facebook last week to post a tearing video in which she said that she was racially abused by Sparkes in the supermarket at the checkout.
In it she described how she and her nine-year-old daughter had just returned from the supermarket where Sparkes had cursed her, her a & # 39; lazy son of ab *** h & # 39; named and would allegedly tell her & # 39; you have to go back where you came from & # 39 ;.
The incident came days after President Donald Trump tweeted that four congress women of color, including the American Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, had to go back to the & # 39; broken and crime-stricken & # 39; countries from which they came.
But a day later Thomas and Sparkes were seen in a shocking confrontation in the parking lot where Eric denied that she had told her to go back to where you came from, but admitted he gave her a & # 39 ; lazy b *** h & # 39; called.
He denied making racially charged comments and told it WSB TV that he is Cuban, not a racist and not a Trump supporter.
Thomas later said in an interview with Channel 2 Action News: & # 39; I don't want to say he said "Go back to your country" or "Go back to where you came from". But I remember that kind of referral. & # 39;
But she doubled her original comments in a press conference Monday and said, & # 39; I want to make sure everyone knows that I am not retrieving my statement or withdrawing something I have said. & # 39;
Sparkes says to an officer: & I'm going to see this lady. I'm going, & # 39; ma'am, not rude … it's 10 items or less (lane). I don't know if you realize it. & # 39; And suddenly she blows up. She came after me & # 39;
Representative Erica Thomas and Sparkes, who are of Cuban descent, both accused each other of racial blemish during the meeting at the counter of a Publix supermarket
Rep. Thomas first made the accusation against Sparkes in a widely shared video in which she emotionally talks about the alleged racist attack
Thomas reportedly told authorities that Sparkes was approaching her with clenched hands in such a way that he scared me for the safety of myself and my daughter & # 39 ;.
The substitute noted in the report that Sparkes had come across as & # 39; furious & # 39 ;, with & # 39; clenched hands & # 39; did not seem to be accurate in CCTV recordings that he assessed.
Sparkes says to an officer: & I'm going to see this lady. I'm going, & # 39; ma'am, not rude … it's 10 items or less (lane). I don't know if you realize it. & # 39; And suddenly she blows up. She came after me.
& # 39; She plays the victim politically because she is a politician and said I told her & # 39; go back to where she came from & with all that Trump happening lately, you know what I mean? & # 39;
Sgt. Wayne Delk said: & # 39; After a thorough investigation, both parties were informed that there are no costs involved by Cobb County police. & # 39;
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