Though the news these days might lead you to believe otherwise, police officers are not above the laws they vowed to enforce. And one officer in Georgia is learning that the hard way after lying to officials, claiming a Black man shot her.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sherry Hall reported that on September 13, after only three months as an officer, she, a White woman, was involved in a shooting with a Black man.
But after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter, they realized that the whole story had been fabricated. As a result, Hall was charged with four felonies, including evidence tampering and giving false statements to investigators.
For two weeks city employees have been investigating the fake crime. Authorities were looking for the suspect and citizens believed this man, this shooter, was moving about freely in their community. At the end of it, there was nothing to explain the incident, other than the notion that Hall shot herself. Though, according to the AJC, investigators stopped short before confirming that.
Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said, "Cops are humans and they make mistakes, but this is not a mistake. This is criminal."
Hall has checked herself into a "private facility" where she can seek help. And according to the Daily News, has been terminated.
A Special Agent said upon release from the facility, she will be arrested.
Hall used a very racist and stereotypical trope: the big, bad Black man. She described the shooter as a 6-foot, 230 pound Black man. Hall claimed the man fled the scene after shooing her in the chest. According to Hall, the bullet hit her in the bulletproof vest she was wearing. She credited it with saving her life. Her lie cost law enforcement 600 hours in examination.
Initially, each time investigators interviewed her, she stuck to the same story. The truth didn't come out until investigators reviewed digital files. At first, Hall said she failed to "engage her-in-car-video and audio." So there was no evidence in that regard. But officials were able to recover digital forensic evidence that poked holes in her story.
When investigators tried to interview her again, she refused to cooperate.
Video and audio evidence show that there were only two shots fired. Hall said there were three. She failed to report that she had a second handgun with her that night, which officials found when they searched her apartment.
The Jackson District Attorney, Richard Milam said, "The truth is the officer did something wrong. She will be prosecuted and brought to justice."