An Atlanta-area police officer has been suspended and is being internally investigated after dash cam footage recorded him manhandling a 65-year-old black grandmother during a traffic stop, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The video shows Officer James Legg of the Alpharetta Police Department yelling at the elderly driver, Rose Campbell, “Hey, you’re not in charge. Shut the f—k up and get out of the car,” after she declined to sign a citation she was given by another officer.
When she refused an order to open her car door, authorities, including Legg, attempted to arrest her for disorderly conduct.
Legg can be seen aggressively handling Campbell in the video, and Campbell can be heard screaming.
“I didn’t expect that in America,” Campbell told Channel 2 Action News of the incident. “I didn’t expect that in Atlanta. I didn’t expect that especially in Alpharetta.”
Legg tells Channel 2 that she does not think the officer that manhandled her should be fired but that she would like to see police officers get better training.
Public Safety Chief John Robison said that Legg’s actions in the video “simply do not represent who we are as an organization.” Robison also released a YouTube video that included the dash cam footage in an effort to be transparent with the community.
“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,” Robison said in the video.
It's just not who we are. We share with a video and thank you for your trust that we are taking the proper actions.https://t.co/b6o0jUVQpG
— AlpharettaPublicSafety (@AlpharettaDPS) May 10, 2018