A Georgia police officer has stepped down days after he was reportedly caught on tape cursing at and dragging a 65-year-old woman out of her vehicle during a May 4 traffic stop.
Initially suspended pending an investigation, Alpharetta police officer James Legg was accused of acting aggressively toward Rose Campbell during a stop near State Route 400 and Windward Parkway. Legg informed Chief John Robison of his decision to “regrettably” resign in a letter obtained by WSB-TV.
“I judged her actions to be passive resistance and used very limited force to end a multiple minute encounter with the suspect,” he wrote.
“Maybe I should not have used profanity, but its immediate effectiveness is not questionable and I do believe I acted reasonably under the circumstances.”
Dashcam video shows Legg yelling at Campbell after she refused to sign a citation because she thought doing so would admit guilt. 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.
Reports indicated that Legg was one of the cops called for backup after the first officer had difficulty getting Campbell out of her car.
“Hey, you’re not in charge. Shut the f**k up and get out of the car,” Legg is heard yelling at the elder.
Robison told WSB-TV that he was disturbed by what he saw and claimed that Legg’s actions didn’t reflect the values of the police department. Legg wrote that it was comments like those that convinced him he wouldn’t be subject to a fair, impartial investigation and convinced him to resign.
“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,” the ex-officer continued.
“I remind you that I did not make the traffic stop, did not begin the use of force, did respond with emergency equipment, did properly analyze the situation, did render the vehicle safe, did get the suspect’s attention and out of the car, did effectively get her detached from the seatbelt, and did get her handcuffed with limited force.”
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