An Alpharetta cop was suspended after he used excessive force against a 65-year-old black woman, Rose Campbell, telling her to “shut the f*ck up and get out of the car,” during a traffic stop.
A dash cam video, which was obtained by WSB-TV, shows officer James Legg shouting at Ms. Campbell after she was pulled over by another officer for failing to maintain her lane as she exited from the Georgia 400 at Windward Parkway last Friday.
Campbell refused to sign the citation because she believed signing the ticket was an admission of guilt. She asked to see a supervisor and refused to get out of her car. Legg was among the backup officers who arrived at the scene. He became verbally aggressive towards Campbell in a matter of seconds.
Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison suspended Legg and has ordered an internal investigation.
On a personal note, my family and I have lived in North Fulton county since 1999 and we have never felt discriminated against or unwelcomed, but this incident has sent shockwaves through the black community living in Milton, Alpharetta and Roswell.
Ms. Campbell, who is a diabetic grandmother, was denigrated in an unspeakable manner by a white police officer. As a parent of two young black men, I am worried now more than ever before about traffic stops and what kind of officer they may encounter. The ugly stain of racism has visited us in North Fulton County.
UPDATE: Officer James Legg has resigned, his lawyer tells WSB-TV. Georgia lawmakers are slated to hold a press conference on Friday, calling for his firing and to be brought up on hate crimes.
— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) May 11, 2018