“He won’t say anything if he’s sitting there in the back seat and it’s warm,” Elzey is heard saying in footage of the roughly 90-minute ordeal. “So, he can sit over there and be cold.”
The video showed Elzey turn off Dickerson’s car and lower the windows, allowing the 20- to 30-degree air to enter the vehicle.
“That’s why I rolled your windows down,” Elzey could be heard saying to Dickerson. “It’s fine. Give him a few minutes to think about it. Let him get a little chilly. Maybe that’ll help.”
Police eventually got in touch with the boy’s mother and released him to her. In a police report, authorities described the boy as a troublesome teen who constantly frustrates his mother and two older brothers and has been “suspended several times.”
The report did not mention the officers intentionally leaving the boy in the car.
The department's Office of Professional Standards investigated Elzey's conduct. AJC.com has filed a records request for the final investigation report but has not received it yet.