Footage has emerged of the moment a shopper approached a Georgia lawmaker during a grocery store spat in which she claimed he told her ‘go back where you came from’.
Police said Wednesday they would not charge Eric Sparkes over the incident after an officer’s bodycam also showed a witness claiming it was in fact state Rep. Erica Thomas who made the inflammatory remarks and not him.
Cobb County police released security video from inside the Publix which shows the moment the two begin to argue in front of shocked shoppers and staff.
The clip has no audio but shows Sparkes came back to the line to approach pregnant Thomas, pointing to the express lane sign.
A heated argument then appears to start with the two gesticulating. At one point Sparkes looks to walk away from the argument before it flares up again.
A second newly released video shows a police officer’s body cam as he interviews Sparks and witnesses to the row.
That shows an onlooker at the store confirming to law enforcement that Thomas used the racist phrase and not Sparkes.
The store employee says: ‘She said that to him. “You can go back to where you came from” to him. He just kept calling her ignorant.’
The witness added that Thomas kept ‘running her mouth’ as she approached him but added that she ‘didn’t walk over to them to intervene until they started getting very loud’.