Alpharetta woman, 65, dragged from auto during traffic stop, officer resigns

Alpharetta woman, 65, dragged from auto during traffic stop, officer resigns

After a grandmother was forcefully removed from her vehicle by an aggressive and disrespectful police officer in Georgia, the video of the traffic stop went viral.

The 65-year-old woman was pulled over after an Alpharetta police officer saw her vehicle drift into another lane, almost causing a collision, the department said in a Facebook post. But when Campbell refused to sign the ticket, which is against the law in Georgia, Officer Michael Swerdlove told her she was under arrest. One of the backup officers can be heard yelling, "you're not in charge, shut up and get the [explicative] out of the auto!" as he grabs the elderly woman and forces her hands behind her back.

After Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison reviewed the video, he suspended Legg.

Campbell said she doesn't want to interfere with police procedures or protocol; "I just want it to be handled correctly as to the measure of the law", she said. Officer James Legg's resignation letter reads.

A grandmother was pulled over in Georgia and then forcefully removed from her vehicle amid shouts and insults all because of a traffic turn.

'There are aspects about this video that simply do not represent our organization'.

Legg also said may be he shouldn't have used profanity, but "it's immediate effectiveness is not questionable" because he "ended a volatile situation quickly with very limited force and got everyone off the highway and back into service". She stepped out, looked at Legg and responded, "Who are you talking to?" As such, he arrested her for disorderly conduct as she held on to her seatbelt when she was being forced out of the vehicle.

That's when Legg leaned in to point and scream at Campbell: "Hey! It worked instantly and she exited the vehicle immediately!" he added.

During the arrest, Campbell told WSB, she felt "ganged up on". "He started to issue her a citation for failure to maintain lane".

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The official did not name Legg in the post, but said the officer "interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory".

"I remind you that I did not make the traffic stop, did not begin the use of force, did respond with emergency equipment, did properly analyze the situation, did render the vehicle safe, did get the suspect's attention and out of the auto, did effectively get her detached from the seatbelt, and did get her handcuffed with limited force".

She begins screaming as three other officers arrive at the scene.

"I'm a Christian woman, and we're supposed to offer forgiveness to walk on the path to peace", Campbell said.

"I didn't expect that in America", Campbell told the television station.

Recounting the incident, Campbell said she felt "scared" and "ganged up on" by the officers. "I didn't expect that in Atlanta".

"I do not feel I will get a fair internal affairs investigation from you due to the comments you made on Facebook prior to interviewing any of the other officers, or even me", he wrote to Robison. Am I in a movie? Numerous Alpharetta police officers arrived, including me.

Hopefully, this case will help to push the local police department in Alpharetta to implement changes that will bring an end to police brutality, at least locally. I couldn't believe it. "I think everyone has a space for redemption".

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