This squad car video shows an officer swearing at and pulling an elderly woman.
The shocking video shows Officer James Legg of the Alpharetta Police Department shouting obscenities and yanking 65-year old Rose Campbell out of her car after a brief ‘stand-off’.
The incident took place on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia on May 4.
Campbell’s arrest followed a stand-off lasting more than five minutes during which the driver refused to sign a traffic violation ticket and then ignored repeated requests to leave her vehicle.
The Alpharetta Police Department posted the video on Facebook with a statement from Public Safety Chief John Robinson in which he said Legg’s behavior ‘did not represent our organization’.
The reaction by Officer Legg doesn’t seem to be proportional to the incident.
The footage that was released begins with Campbell’s SUV being pulled over to the side of the road. Officer Michael Swerdlove then approaches her to check her license and explain that the reason she was pulled over was that she was drifting from one lane to another. Officer Swerdlove then issues her a ticket.
When Campbell hears that she has been ticketed, she demands that he call a supervisor, which he says that he did. Campbell refuses to sign the ticket, which is an offense in Georgia. Officer Swerdlove asks her to step out of her vehicle so that she can be arrested and Cambell refuses.
‘Step out of the car’, Swerdlove says repeatedly, to which Campbell replies, ‘I’m going to wait for your supervisor.’
The exchange then becomes heated as Campbell closes her door on Swerdlove, which he reacts to by shouting at her to leave the vehicle and trying to pull her out.
‘Stop it! Your supervisor needs to come now, now!’ she replies, at which point a passenger gets out of the back door and walks away from the confrontation.
‘You need to get out of the car, you’re under arrest,’ Swerdlove says. ‘Step out of the car, you need to come now.’
‘I won’t until your supervisor comes,’ Campbell says. ‘This is abusive behavior, no sir. I need to supervisor, now!’
‘You’re under arrest, you are resisting arrest,’ the officer replies.
At this point, reinforcements that Officer Swerdlove has called arrive. Two more police cars with sirens blaring to handle one stubborn grandma.
A second officer that has not been named attempts to intervene.
‘Come out of the car, you’re been arrested. We’re not going to try and hurt you.’
Officer Legg walks to the other side of the car as the polite, but heated, encounter continues.
Campbell says, ‘I won’t come out for him,’ referring to the first officer.
The second officer says, ‘Ok, alright, as he gently helps her out of the vehicle.’
And then it all goes south.
But at this point Legg begins shouting curses at Campbell. ‘Hey, you’re not in charge, shut the f*** up and get out of the car,’ he screams.
Swerdlove and the second officer continue moving Campbell out of the vehicle, but Legg then grabs her and pulls her with considerable force.
She begins screaming as three other officers arrive at the scene.
‘Where’s your supervisor, where’s your supervisor,’ Campbell screams.
Campbel says that she felt ‘scared’ and ‘ganged up on’. She couldn’t believe what was happening to her, and that she felt like she was ‘in a movie’ because the incident was ‘surreal.
The video is shocking in that there were six officers at the traffic stop to handle an upset 65-year old woman.
Only one officer in the video, Legg, seemed to have behaved disproportionately.
Watch how these Georgia police officers brutally arrest an elderly Black woman while one officer speaks to her like an animal. These police officers need to be held accountable and their names released to the public immediately!
Posted by Like It Or Not on Friday, May 11, 2018
Public Safety Chief John Robinson said in a Facebook post about the video: ‘We strive to be a transparent department.
‘If we are going to be 100 percent transparent, that means that we also must be willing to share with you any major concerns that arise regarding employee performance and behavior.
‘There are aspects about this video that simply do not represent our organization.’
Source: Daily Mail
Legg was suspended immediately and has since resigned his position.
Campbell says that she wants an apology and more training for officers to handle situations like this one. She has also not decided on taking legal action.
How would you feel if this was your Grandmother?
How would you feel if your son was in law enforcement and all of the officers got painted with the same brush?
Let us know what you think in the comments.
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