Teresa Culpepper was wrongfully arrested in Atlanta for a crime she did not commit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Culpepper was locked up in the Fulton County Jail from Aug. 21 until Oct. 12, a total of 53 days.
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Police arrested her for throwing hot water on Angelo Boyd. However, Boyd said that he did know the Culpepper and that she was not the person responsible for the attack.
Arrests made based on mistaken identity are common, according to Aimee Maxwell, executive director of the Georgia Innocence Project. However, those arrests are corrected in a few days. Culpepper’s length of time in jail was exceptionally long.
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She called police on Aug. 21 to report that her pick-up truck had been stolen by her boyfriend and officer Jaidon Codrington of the APD responded. Boyd also called police that same morning, complaining that his girlfriend threw water on him. The same officer was dispatched assist with Boyd’s call.
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Here is how the rest of the incident went down:
Again Codrington was dispatched, this time to pick up Teresa Gilbert at an Ashby Circle address, according to the OPS file. He went instead to Culpepper’s boarding house on Hawkins Street, after telling the dispatcher he had already been to the woman’s house on a stolen pickup report, records show.
Records and radio transmissions memorialized subsequent discussions between Codrington and other officers about discrepancies.