A police dash cam video shows an officer shouting at a 65-year-old woman during a traffic stop. The Metro Atlanta Police Department suspended the officer, and are now investigating the case.
Dash cam footage from Alpharetta police shows officer James Legg screaming at a 65-year-old woman name Rose Campbell. The grandmother was pulled over by another officer after she swerved in front of a police car in an Atlanta-area freeway on May 4.
According to reports, Campbell declined to sign the citation as she did not want it seen as an admission of guilt. In the footage, as officers surround her outside of the vehicle, she repeatedly asks for a supervisor.
Instead, she was placed arrest her for disorderly conduct. Legg was one of the officers at the scene. He is heard in the video (which was released by the police department) as yelling, “Hey, you’re not in charge. Shut the f**k up and get out of the car.” Campbell was shaken by the experience, and screamed in fear as he began forcefully apprehending her. Campbell screamed and explained that her blood pressure was rising and she was in fear of having a heart attack.
Campbell later told the media, “I didn’t expect that in America. I didn’t expect that in Atlanta. I didn’t expect that especially in Alpharetta.”
Following the incident, and after watching the dash cam video, Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison said that Legg was immediately suspended. An internal investigation is ongoing, and action will be taken accordingly.
Alpharetta Public Safety took to Twitter with the footage. Though Campbell explained that she doesn’t think Legg should be fired, she did call for better training in law enforcement. “I don’t like the issue of firing people,” she said. “I think everyone has a space for redemption.”
She added that she preemptively hired a lawyer, should she decide to take legal action.
UPDATE: According to reports, officer James Legg has resigned from his position with the force, as the department confirmed on Friday, May 11. They added that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be conducting its own investigation into the matter.