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Valdosta police officer fired after investigation for off-duty arrest

A nearly 11-year-veteran with the Valdosta Police Department after being arrested in East Point, Georgia. / Photo: MGN Online

A nearly 11-year-veteran with the Valdosta Police Department has been fired after an arrest and resulting investigation.

Valdosta police say that on March 18, Shantaya Herring was with a friend at a sports bar in East Point, Georgia. when the friend scuffled with bar security.

During the scuffle, the East Point Police Officer attempted to arrest the friend and reported that Herring interfered with the arrest. She was then arrested and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Valdosta police suspended Herring the same day, launched an internal affairs investigation and notified the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council that Herring had been arrested.

After reviewing the internal affairs investigation and incident report from the East Point Police Department, Herring was fired for violating several police department policies to include ConductingUnbecoming a Valdosta Police Officer and Failure to Conformance with Laws.

“Although I am deeply disappointed in the conduct of my officer, I am proud of the East Point Police Department for two reasons: they treated a Police Officer like anyone else and for notifying my department of the incident. As I have said before, we are not perfect, we will always police our own, and we will be honest with our community when we make mistakes”, stated Valdosta Chief Brian Childress.

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