Police officers often face a tumultuous task: Keep the public safe, while making sure they come home to their significant other every night. One of the perks of the job is that convenience stores will sometimes allow police officers to receive free snacks and drinks from the store as a courtesy.
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A Gwinnett County police officer in Georgia was already inside the QuikTrip convenience store when 33-year-old Pektra LaQuiche Edgerton walked in. After a minute of roaming the aisles, Edgerton approached the front desk and flashed a badge.
AJC reported that it’s common for officers in Gwinnett County to be given a discount or even free snacks and drinks as a courtesy. Officer J.T. Smith, who was already inside the store, noticed the incident but didn’t recognize the officer showing the badge.
Puzzled, Smith followed Edgerton out of the store. As she pulled out of the parking lot, Smith pulled her over to get additional information. As he approached the car, Edgerton was immediately combative.
“Did you stop me because my brake light is out or did you stop me to ask me who I work for?” she can be heard asking officer Smith.
Smith calmly replied: “Are you a police officer or are you not a police officer?” Knowing she didn’t have much of an argument, Edgerton then shifted the conversation to race.
“So, because a black person walks into a store with a badge and a gun it’s an issue?” Edgerton argued. “It has nothing to do with you being black,” Smith replied.
Once she knew she was caught, Edgerton confessed to using Parole Officer Brandi Green’s gun and badge to obtain free snacks. Green, who was in the car at the time, allowed her to use her issued weapon and badge.
The Blaze reported that Green was placed on suspension pending an investigation, but she resigned shortly thereafter.
As for Edgerton, she faces charges of impersonating a police officer.