A Georgia police department has come under fire after a dash cam captured several officers dragging a 65-year-old grandmother out of her car during a traffic stop.
Rose Campbell was pulled over by Alpharetta police on May 4. During the traffic stop, the situation escalated to multiple officers pulling on Campbell and one officer screaming expletives at her, reported WSB-TV.
"I just panicked. I felt like my heart exploded," Rose Campbell told WSB. "I didn't expect that in America. I didn't expect that in Atlanta. I didn't expect that, especially in Alpharetta."
In the 17-minute long video, Campbell is berated by an officer named James Legg, who yells, "You're not in charge! Shut the f**k up and get out of the car!"
When Campbell asked the officer his name, he violently grabs her arm, prompting the grandmother to scream.
The police department shared the full dashcam video to their YouTube page.
The video begins with a message from Public Safety Chief John Robison:
"There are aspects of this video that you're likely about to watch that simply do not represent who we are as an organization," Robison said. "Once a detailed investigation is completed, I can assure that there will be a decisive and appropriate outcome."
Campbell was pulled over after she allegedly swerved into an officer's lane. Once he pulled her over, the officer issues a citation and ordered Campbell to sign.
When Campbell refused to sign the ticket because she believed it would be an admission of guilt, the officer said she would be arrested if she didn't. The department explained on its YouTube page that this is Georgia law, adding that "a courtroom is the time and place to dispute the officer's decision."
Once Campbell asked to speak to a supervisor, the officer called for backup.
"The officers who were responding clearly were not aware of what they were responding to," department spokesman Howard Miller told WSB. "The first officer that arrived to assist noticed that the driver they were dealing with was an older lady and didn't appear to be threatening the officers when they arrived."
Campbell, who is diabetic, was also concerned about her health during the incident.
"I'm about to have a heart attack in a few minutes because my [blood] pressure's gone sky-high,” she says at the end of the video.
After review of the footage, Legg was suspended, the police department said.
(Photo: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety)
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