DALTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- Two Dalton police officers were suspended for cursing
at a bus full of children, and the entire incident was captured on
It began when a stressed out bus driver pulled over and warned
students she would call police if the students on board didn't quiet
down. Two Dalton police officers responded.
"You want to act like a bunch of hellions and she can't f****** focus
on what she's doing," Officer John Gurrieri can be heard saying to the
Officer Steven Collins talked to one student off the bus, using one
swear word. Officer John Gurrieri talked to the rest of the kids,
cursing multiple times.
"You want to act like crazy a**holes, do it at home," Gurrieri is heard saying on the school bus video.
The Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker calls this a "serious mistake of judgment."
According to Parker, neither officer has ever had a complaint against
him before. Collins has been on the force seven years and Gurrieri for
"The officers are very remorseful. They understand what impact this
has had on their reputation. They understand what impact this has on the
credibility of the agency," he said.
Both officers were suspended without pay for two days, received
written reprimands, are required to do 40 hours of community service in
support of local youth programs, and must go through additional training
on verbal communication.
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