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Officer fired for appearing in rap video

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

According to former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. Officer Floyd Sawyer's personnel record, he was fired from the department for appearing in a rap video with his squad car and uniform and then lying to his superiors about it.

The rap video was for artist Killer Mike and Sawyer is seen in a ski mask with his squad car in the background with the lights on.

In the personnel file, Sawyer admits to being in the video.

Sawyer's participation in the video was not authorized by the department documents say.

He is seen frisking a man and taking money from him and handing it to another officer.

Chief Willie Lovett decided to fire Sawyer for his appearance in the video. Records show Sawyer lied when asked about it by his superiors and changed his story.

Sawyer appealed to then acting city manager Rochelle Small-Toney, but she upheld the department's decision and Sawyer was terminated.

WTOC obtained Sawyer's 311 page personnel file that contained other issues.

In 2008, Officer Sawyer was suspended without pay for showing up at federal court in uniform and testifying for his friend.

According to the records, he wasn't subpoened and documents say he had no business testifying in uniform for a defendant.

Before Sawyer became a police officer, his background check shows he was arrested for having a concealed weapon, contempt of court, and deposit account fraud.

The charges were later dropped.

Sawyer faces federal charges after authorities say he took drugs from dealers then sold the drugs himself. None of those issues were in the personnel file.


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