Police in Alpharetta, Georgia have opened an internal investigation after officers dragged a 65-year-old grandmother from her vehicle during a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the situation escalated to multiple officers pulling on Campbell and one officer screaming expletives at her, reported WSB-TV. "Shut the f-k up and get out of the auto", Legg said in the video. "There are aspects about this video that simply do not represent our organization". 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 did what was necessary to complete the arrest by raising my voice and using verbal commands using heavy control talk with profanity.
But at this point Legg begins shouting curses at Campbell. I couldn't believe it.
Legg was suspended immediately and the Alpharetta Police Department has launched an investigation.
Authorities say Rose Campbell was pulled over last Friday after he vehicle swerved. It was unclear Friday whether Campbell was formally charged with a crime.
Campbell said she did not want to sign the citation because she felt it would have been an admission of guilt. "Shut the f-k up and get out of the vehicle", after she declined to sign a citation she was given by another officer. Moments later, Swerdlove is seen opening the vehicle door and attempting to pull Campbell out. The officer who stopped her, Michael Swerdlove, relayed that request. They continued to argue, with Swerdlove ordering her out, and Campbell saying she would wait for the supervisor. She repeatedly screamed for a supervisor, saying she was being abused. "I don't like the issue of firing people", she said.
Swerdlove then called for backup and several other officers arrived.
"Who are you talking to?" Campbell was shaken by the experience, and screamed in fear as he began apprehending her. However, in an apparent reference to the third officer in the video, the spokesperson said one of the officers "interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory".
A police officer has been suspended after roughly handling a 65-year-old woman at a traffic stop. After refusing to open her door and asking for a supervisor, an officer can be seen attempting get extract her from her vehicle to charge her with disorderly conduct. 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.
Legg was suspended pending the department's internal affairs investigation, but chose to resign on Friday saying that he felt he had acted appropriately and reasonably. Our process allows us to thoroughly review the matter and determine what actions are appropriate moving forward.
Swerdlove asked Campbell to exit her vehicle, but she refused until his supervisor arrived.
"Everybody does that when a cop gives you a ticket", she said. "I felt not only that my space had been violated, but that he was not respecting me".
"I'm going to be honest with you, I felt violated", Campbell told WSBTV, an ABC affiliate in Atlanta. Am I in a movie? I couldn't believe it. It was surreal. I didn't expect that in America. "I didn't expect that in Atlanta".