Authorities said a 65-year-old woman was pulled over May 4 after her auto swerved and almost hit another vehicle.
Alpharetta Officer James Legg had been called in as backup during a May 4 traffic stop because the woman would not sign a ticket and refused another officer's order to get out of her vehicle, officials said. One of the backup officers can be heard yelling, "you're not in charge, shut up and get the [explicative] out of the vehicle!" as he grabs the elderly woman and forces her hands behind her back. The police department shared the full dashcam video of the May 4 incident with an introduction from Public Safety Chief John Robison.
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. She said she wasn't sure if she'd pursue legal action.
Officer Legg walks to the other side of the auto as the polite, but heated, encounter continues.
A grandmother was pulled over in Georgia and then forcefully removed from her vehicle amid shouts and insults all because of a traffic turn. He added that there were aspects of the video that "simply do not represent who we are as an organization". I couldn't believe it. In his letter, Legg said he stepped in because other officers were unable to complete the arrest and his language got the woman out of the auto.
Things escalated when an officer aggressively began screaming and cursing at Campbell. It worked instantly and she exited the vehicle immediately! In the footage, as officers surround her outside of the vehicle, she repeatedly asks for a supervisor.
"I'm going to be honest with you, I felt violated", Campbell told the news station's Mike Petchenik. As you'll see, this was a complicated issue due to the age of the driver as the officer did not want to hurt her.
Off-camera, one of the officers says he is going to call a medic, to which she responds by demanding again to see a supervisor.
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".
With at least six officers now on the scene, Campbell was put in handcuffs and led to a police auto. "I didn't expect that in America". "Move away from me", she says. "I didn't expect that in Atlanta". "Upon reviewing the video, I immediately ordered that an internal affairs investigation be opened on the incident, and once a detailed investigation is completed, I can assure you there will be a decisive and appropriate outcome following that investigation". Backup was requested and available officers responded to the scene, some of which responded to handle traffic control along Windward Pkwy. Am I in a movie?
Campbell, who is diabetic, was also concerned about her health during the incident. I couldn't believe it.
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. Numerous Alpharetta police officers arrived, including me. In conclusion, I feel my decisions ended a volatile situation quickly with very limited force and got everyone off the highway and back into service.