Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Georgia police officer suspended after manhandling grandmother during traffic stop

Georgia police officer suspended after manhandling grandmother during traffic stop

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia have opened an internal investigation after officers dragged a 65-year-old grandmother from her auto during a traffic stop.

Dash cam footage from Alpharetta police shows officer James Legg screaming at Rose Campbell, 65.

"You're under arrest., you're under arrest", an officer says through the window of Campbell's auto, before grabbing the woman's arm.

After Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison reviewed the video, he suspended Legg. Though Campbell explained that she doesn't think Legg should be fired, she did call for better training in law enforcement.

When the first officer opened her auto door to arrest her, she said, "All I felt was his whole body over me, and I could feel the weight over me, grabbing at my belt". At one point, Campbell tried to pull the door shut, bumping the officer. She was then told that she was under arrest and, after she refused to obey the officer's lawful order to step out of the vehicle, the officer attempted to physically remove her. He added that there were aspects of the video that "simply do not represent who we are as an organization".

He stated: "I did what was necessary to complete the arrest by raising my voice and using verbal commands using heavy control talk with profanity". She stepped out, looked at Legg and responded, "Who are you talking to?"

Instead, she was placed arrest her for disorderly conduct.

With the officers unable to remove Campbell from the vehicle, the recording shows Legg, sporting a baseball cap, running toward the side of the auto and entering through the passenger seat to turn off the auto.

Campbell told WSB that she doesn't want Legg to lose his job, saying, "Disciplinary action should be taken with that gentleman".

Swerdlove asked Campbell to exit her vehicle, but she refused until his supervisor arrived.

"The officers who were responding clearly were not aware of what they were responding to", department spokesman Howard Miller said. "He started to issue her a citation for failure to maintain lane". They continued to argue, with Swerdlove ordering her out, and Campbell saying she would wait for the supervisor.

Police say one of the officers responding for backup "interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory". I will justify my actions when given the opportunity to do so through a POST investigation, but will not subject myself to the investigation of an agency Chief who would rather care about public perception and political correctness over officer, suspect and the general public's safety.

'I didn't expect that in America.

"I didn't expect that especially in Alpharetta", she added.

With at least six officers now on the scene, Campbell was put in handcuffs and led to a police auto. Am I in a movie? "Move away from me", she says. I couldn't believe it.

Campbell gave an interview to a local television station in which she said she felt violated. Numerous Alpharetta police officers arrived, including me.

Robison told WSB-TV that he was disturbed by what he saw and claimed that Legg's actions didn't reflect the values of the police department. "I felt not only that my space had been violated, but that he was not respecting me".

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