In case you missed it, a woman was cussed out and forcibly removed from her vehicle during a traffic stop on May 4 by police officers in Alpharetta, Georgia. According to the police department’s Facebook post, they opened an internal investigation, and on Saturday, one of the officers, James Legg, resigned.
However, the fallout has reached new levels since she was a 65-year-old woman, Rose Campbell.
In an interview with ABC’s Atlanta affiliate WSB, Campbell described the feeling of being dragged out of her vehicle by grown men.
“I just panicked. I felt like my heart exploded,” she said. “I didn’t expect that in America. I didn’t expect that in Atlanta. I didn’t expect that especially in Alpharetta.”
In an effort to be transparent, the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety posted the entire 17-minute video with a statement from Public Safety Chief John Robison.
“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,” Robison says in the video. “There are aspects about this video that simply do not represent our organization.”
The video shows a police officer pulling Campbell over. The officer explains that he is ticketing her for swerving into another lane. When she refuses to sign the ticket, which is against the law in Georgia, the officer told her that she was under arrest. He asks her to get out of the vehicle, but she refuses, at first. He then attempts to forcibly remove her from the vehicle, along with help from another officer. When backup officers arrived on the scene, the situation escalated to a place that it didn’t need to go.
One of the backup officers screamed and pointed in Campbell’s face saying, “You’re not in charge, shut up and get the f— out of the car!” He aggressively yanked Campbell’s arm and pulled her hands behind her back. Campbell lets out a bloodcurdling scream and asks to see a supervisor. By the end of the video, there are six officers on the scene, three which cuffed her, and two escorted her to the police car.
Although one of the officers resigned, the police department wrote a statement that says that they still owe Campbell and the community a “thorough investigation.”
“That resignation, however, does not alleviate our responsibility to Mrs. Campbell and the community for a complete and thorough investigation of this incident,” the statement read. “We want to assure everyone that our internal affairs investigation will continue and that appropriate actions, based on all of the facts, will be taken by the City.”
The police department has gone so far as to ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own outside investigation. I applaud the department for being transparent, and it actually seems like they want this wrong to be corrected. Could this mean that other officers involved will resign as well?
Check out the video below to decide for yourself.
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