Officer reportedly drags grandmother out of vehicle during traffic stop

Officer reportedly drags grandmother out of vehicle during traffic stop

Shocking dash cam footage of the May 5 incident shows Alpharetta Police Department cop Michael Swerdlove attempting to forcibly remove Rose Campbell from her vehicle after pulling her over for failure to maintain her lane, local station WSB-TV reported. The woman refused to sign her ticket, which is against the law in Georgia, and was told she would be arrested for not complying.

One of the officers can been heard on the video yelling, "You're not in charge, shut the [expletive] up and get out of the vehicle", before two other officers are seen attempting to pull her from the auto. The police department shared the full dashcam video of the May 4 incident with an introduction from Public Safety Chief John Robison.

Police say the woman became so upset that she hit an officer with the door.

"I'll come out for you", she said.

Officer Legg walks to the other side of the vehicle as the polite, but heated, encounter continues. 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. "There are aspects of the video...that simply do not represent who we are as an organization".

"Maybe I should not have used profanity", Legg added, "but its immediate effectiveness is not questionable and I do believe I acted reasonably under the circumstances".

"Who are you talking to?" In his letter, Legg said he stepped in because other officers were unable to complete the arrest and his language got the woman out of the vehicle. Near the end of the video, she can be heard saying, "I'm about to have a heart attack in a few minutes because my [blood] pressure's gone sky-high".

But at this point Legg begins shouting curses at Campbell.

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When Campbell asked the officer his name, he violently grabs her arm, prompting the grandmother to scream. Again, this officer's behavior does not reflect who we are as an organization and, because of this, we have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation.

"I just panicked. I felt like my heart exploded", Rose Campbell, 65, tells a local TV station. Although she denied the traffic violation, the officer issued her a ticket. The driver would not sign the ticket and said she wanted to speak to a supervisor.

Alpharetta police said the officer used language and tactics that were "inappropriate, even inflammatory".

"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 auto, did effectively get her detached from the seatbelt, and did get her handcuffed with limited force".

'I didn't expect that in America.

Suddenly, other two other cops arrive on the scene. Am I in a movie?

She also said she would like for him to get new training; as for herself, she'd like to get an apology. "Move away from me", she says. In conclusion, I feel my decisions ended a volatile situation quickly with very limited force and got everyone off the highway and back into service.

"I didn't expect that especially in Alpharetta", she added. I couldn't believe it. Numerous Alpharetta police officers arrived, including me.

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