VIDEO: Chief Blasts Officer For Swearing At Woman Resisting Arrest

Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison accosted his officer on social media on Thursday.

Alpharetta, GA – An argumentative 65-year-old woman’s arrest led to the resignation of an Alpharetta police officer on Friday, after the department’s chief of police blasted the officer’s actions on social media (video below).

The incident occurred on May 4, after 65-year-old Rose Campbell failed to maintain her lane while exiting the interstate, and nearly collided with an Alpharetta patrol vehicle, dashcam footage showed.

The officer initiated a traffic stop, and Campbell pulled onto the side of the road a short while later.

“Did you realize why I stopped you?” the officer asked, after he introduced himself to Campbell.

“Huh? No,” she replied.

The officer explained to Campbell that she had drifted into another lane while she was turning, and asked for her identification.

“I wasn’t going into the other lane,” she argued. “I was in the right lane.”

“Okay,” the officer replied, before he asked Campbell to wait in her vehicle while he went to run her information.

When he returned to Campbell’s window, he notified her that he had issued her a citation for failure to maintain lane, and provided her with court appearance information.

“I need a supervisor right now,” Campbell interrupted.

The officer told Campbell that he could call a supervisor to the scene, or that he could provide her with his supervisor’s contact information.

“Whoever’s on your shift, I need them now,” Campbell demanded.

“Okay,” the officer responded, as he immediately radioed for a supervisor to respond.

The officer then resumed explaining Campbell’s court appearance information to her.

“I just need a signature here at the ‘x.’ You’re not saying that you’re guilty of it,” he told her. He also told her that he would need to take her into custody if she refused to endorse the citation.

“Technically, a ticket is an arrest that requires a bond,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Officers are permitted, at their discretion, to release people on a signature bond for most traffic tickets, city ordinance violations, and certain state law charges.”

“If the violator refuses to sign the ticket, they will be taken into custody and brought before a magistrate to pay a cash bond as a promise to appear in court,” the department explained.

Campbell refused to sign the citation, at which point the officer repeatedly asked her to exit her vehicle.

“A ticket is saying that you gave me the information, at that I’m acknowledging it,” she told the officer.

Campbell refused to comply with the officer’s directives, and at one point insisted that she was going to leave the scene to go take her passenger home.

“You’re not free to leave at this point,” the officer told her.

Campbell then demanded that he give her a pen. She then grabbed the door, and struck the officer with it as she attempted to pull it closed.

“Get out of the car,” he said, as he reached into the vehicle.

“Stop!” Campbell suddenly screamed. “You’re in violation of my rights!”

She began hollering for a supervisor, and refused to exit her vehicle.

“You’re under arrest for disorderly conduct,” the officer calmly told her.

“No, I’m not!” she screamed back at him. “When your supervisor comes, I will step out!”

“No sir, no sir,” Campbell continued. “This is abusive behavior. Get your supervisor here. I’m being abused!”

Other units then arrived at the scene to assist the officer in removing Campbell from her vehicle, but the irate woman refused to comply while hanging onto her vehicle to prevent officers from removing her.

Officer James Legg ran around to the passenger side of Campbell’s vehicle, and turned the ignition off, while the other two officers attempted to release the woman’s grip on her seatbelt.

“I’ll come out for you,” she told one of the officers. “I won’t come out for him.”

Officer Legg then walked up behind the officers who were struggling with Campbell.

“Hey!” he yelled loudly. “You’re not in charge! Shut the f**k up and get out of the car!”

Campbell immediately stepped out of the vehicle.

“Who are you talkin’ to?” she asked him.

“You!” he yelled.

The other officers did not immediately handcuff Campbell, so Officer Legg “freed her from her grasp on the seatbelt” so she could be taken into custody, he said in a letter to Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison.

Campbell let out repeated high-pitched screams, as the officers led her away from her vehicle, and placed her into a patrol car.

On Thursday, Chief Robison suspended Officer Legg and issued a video statement regarding the incident. In the statement, he assured viewers that he “immediately ordered” an internal affairs investigation into the events that occurred.

He further vowed that there would be a “decisive and appropriate outcome” once the investigation was completed.

“There are aspects of this [dashcam] video...that simply do not represent who we are as an organization,” he added.

The chief posted the video on multiple social media platforms, and included a lengthy caption.

“During the incident, another officer arrived and, as you’ll see from the dash camera video, did not perform in a manner that is reflective of who we are as an organization,” the caption read, calling the officer’s actions “inappropriate” and “inflammatory.”

According to WSB, Officer Legg was placed on suspension, pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

On Friday, the veteran officer resigned, and issued a scathing letter to Chief Robison.

He noted that he believed he acted appropriately during his interaction with Campbell, and pointed out the numerous ways the elderly woman refused to comply and placed officers at risk of harm.

“At the time I arrived on scene, I saw officers unsuccessfully trying to effectuate the arrest of Ms. Campbell,” Officer Legg explained. “I did what was necessary to complete the arrest by raising my voice and using verbal commands using heavy control talk with profanity.”

“It worked instantly, and she exited the vehicle immediately,” he wrote.

“Maybe I should not have used profanity, but its immediate effectiveness is not questionable and I believe I acted reasonably under the circumstances,” Officer Legg argued.

Officer Legg pointed out that he and the other officers involved in the arrest had not even been interviewed prior to Chief Robison’s public condemnation of his actions.

“I do not feel I will get a fair internal affairs investigation from you due to the comments you made,” Officer Legg wrote. “Rather than let an independent agency or officer review my performance, you have all but issued a statement finding my actions unworthy, unreasonable, and in violation of policy.”

Officer Legg, a military veteran who has served the public for over two decades, said he would instead focus his attention on the Police Officer Standards and Training investigation.

“[I] 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,” he concluded. “Effective immediately, and regrettably, I quit.”

You can watch dashcam footage of the incident in the video below:

Comments (41)
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FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

I really dont get these states that require a silly signature. All of that could have been prevented if the officer just handed her the ticket and walked away. I don’t disagree with Officer Legg...But I would habe left the profanity for a more serious bad guy..

John-Brown
John-Brown

The "silly" signature is a promise to either pay the fine or come to court. If there was no signature, there is no proof that the person received the charging document. The only other option is to take the person before a court commissioner or magistrate. One or the other has to occur or everyone and their mother would deny ever receiving a charging document and nobody would ever come to court. The requirement of a signature is a far better use of police resources then to have them take every violator into custody. But since you bring it up, I am curious as to what states don't require a signature and how they ensure court appearance by the defendant.

Hippygal
Hippygal

I think Officer Legg was doing his job.

BobIn704
BobIn704

What a joke for his departmebt not standing by him. We should not and will not take this BS from any department. This cop was doing her job and if that must be signed, then arrest her dubm ass for not signing it. Another good cop off the streets because he didn't have a cup of tea with the jack ass women!

BobIn704
BobIn704

Sorry officer, we all stand by you!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Police command staff who are more worried about politics than looking out for their officers are everywhere. My agency lived this nightmare for years before the chief ultimately left. And a lot of good officers fell by the wayside in the meantime.
A real pity.

BobIn704
BobIn704

AND when do people think they can tell a cop WHEN they will step out of the car. DUMB BITCH!

WeAllMutter
WeAllMutter

The first cop sounded like he was hosting a child’s birthday party. Good on him for that, but wasn’t he a bit quick to ask her step out of the car? Why not tell her “if you don’t sign I have to arrest you.” Instead, he asked her to sign a few times and then was asking her to step out to arrest her. As tolerant as he sounded, he was too quick to put her in the system.

Legg was too rough. For an elderly woman like that, he could have easily fractured or dislocated her arm.

frazier
frazier

Weallmatter.......you're an idiot.

WeAllMutter
WeAllMutter

I mean, if he asked to step out 37 times, why not say “if you don’t sign I will have to arrest you” like maybe 3 times at least?

BuckVertrillion
BuckVertrillion

The chief pussied out because she was black and he wanted to avoid the “Racist” bullshit tag.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It was highly inappropriate for the chief to take to social media with his opinions. In all my years I have never seen anything like that. I worked for an agency where it was well known using profanity could get you into hot water. It's not necessary and usually it will create more problems than it will solve. With that said, it's certainly not grounds for anything more than a written reprimand, at worse. This chief, like so many who hold that position nowadays, are more concerned about public perception (ie black citizens) then they are about supporting the troops. It's a shame things have gone that way and I don't see it improving anytime soon.

QueuedLogic
QueuedLogic

I mean, when I want my grandmom to do something I use profanity too--in fact, that always gets me what I want when dealing with the public in general. Somebody is being difficult, I simply cuss them the fcuk out and presto! Works every time.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

OFFICER LEGG, I too am 65 and you have my permission to say FUCK to any bitch that refuses to OBEY your instructions. In fact, you have my permission to KICK YOU ASS if you find it necessary. The old BLM Bitch obviously has needed a good ass whipping for at least 60 years. Hone come to work in SC, I'd love to have you patrolling my streets.

rovaz
rovaz

I saw the video. On making her left turn she did not stay in her lane. She drifted to the lane left of her. Had there been a car there she would have collided. I stand with the officer. She had no cause to complicate matters.

Southern Boy
Southern Boy

Isn't this the same department that fired another veteran officer not to long ago over something pretty?

WeAllMutter
WeAllMutter

Around the 11 minute mark he basically mutters “If you don’t sign the citation, I (garbled blah blah).” She says one thing and he immediately asks her to step out of the car to arrest her. Was he trying to fill a quota? Why was he so quick? Why not repeat “if you don’t xyz, I will have to take you into custody. (repeat; repeat)” and give her a chance to do it? People have questions, dissenting opinions. There was no reason for him not to be tolerant here. She was not a threat. It’s like he trapped her into refusing to sign by not giving her any chance to understand what that would mean. I suspect this guy needed one more citation on his nightly quota.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

In the state of Washington does not require you to sign a ticket like this, if you dont pay it uour license gets suspended and that turns into a whole heep of more trouble. I get that you want violaters to promise to appear for court....but I just dont think its worth all of this drama for a a lane violation. Now you tell me its a DUI, Road rage etc, then I would not only get a signature I would book them.

RunCop
RunCop

Why is a certain ethnic group always such assholes?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
Don't generalize. There are plenty of whites that aren't assholes. I know a couple of them.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Ok a lot of your comments are absolutely ridiculous but this did make me laugh out loud (actually I giggled in a very white-girl tone)!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Stupid wopman playing the race card. And at 65 you think she would know how to behave.

GForce48
GForce48

The leadership of the department wussied out and embarassed himself...just like making sausage police work can look (and sound) messy! Anyone who doesn't realize that should never be around it let alone lead it!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s a shame that this chief cost the officer his job. The officer was right in point that chief started making a public comment before conducting the investigation. You play politics and be a good chief. This lady regardless of her age broke the law not once but twice and because of the color of her skin you cowardrd down and did not stand up for your officer. You sir should submit your resignation letter because you are a disgrace!

spatchin911
spatchin911

EGADS What a joke that chief is. I would have quit too. He is a disgrace to his department.

smitty195
smitty195

I am so proud of Officer Legg!!! I hope he is reading these comments. I am a retired LEO, and this message is for Officer Legg: Since stepping away from law enforcement, my blood pressure has gone down, life is not so "serious" all the time (because we're not constantly in condition red or yellow), and many other benefits that come with leaving the PD. But you stood up for yourself, instantly realizing the situation your idiot chief placed you in. Now that you're not subject to the I/A rules and all that crap, you can fight this from a different angle. I love how you're handling it, and I will say several prayers for you over the next few weeks. I have a feeling you WILL be making a difference for us all. Thank you!!!

32motor
32motor

This is the same police department administration who fired a police officer for not writing a ticket a minor traffic collision! Way to back your officers!!!

wmc50
wmc50

fpsK9handler...are you actually a cop? We don't have quotas.
We can write as many tickets as we want to.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Wow, @32motor I forgot about that. Thanks for the link.

61mouse
61mouse

So tired od the blacks carrying on and on . It's especially sicking the way they act on LIVE PD ....But love it when they try to play the race card with the black officers on LIVE PD ......even sounds like they too are getting tired of the race card

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I'm so tired of people thinking rules or laws don't apply to them!! So what excuse you think she'll use for acting like an entitled ignorant drama queen?? Cause she's black?? Cause she an old bitty? Cause she's a woman??
Just stop bucking authority in the street. Take your sorry ass to court!!

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

“You’re not in charge! Shut the f**k up and get out of the car!”
What a d*ck.
Typical cop power trip that makes departments look bad. Why do cops always have to escalate things? And all these posters getting the vapors over cop criticism: Where are you when the department publicly praises what a cop does? Typical cops. They want to have it both ways. Unalloyed praise. Not a word of criticism. The thin skins of cowards who know they do wrong.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

She brought this all on herself. I am sick-to-death of people thinking they do not have to comply with Law Enforcement! I am sure the Officer had just about enough of these people like this, dealing with this every day and lost his temper. But what were they do do...shackle her, tase her? But his Chief does not back his Officers either. It has been proven he caves to he PC police. I would have quit too !

John-Brown
John-Brown

Stupidity knows no age!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@FpsK9Handler If you're in law enforcement you should know that it is not the cops who make the laws. We are paid to enforce them, however. I would think you would know that? It's wonderful that you live in a liberal utopian state that everyone makes fun of. I really hope you don't have to work in Seattle.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

I am a cop, but thankfully I am federal cop. I know who makes laws...my point is that making someone sign a simple traffic citation is to me a waist, most people show up to court...here if they dont show they get suspended, you get caught driving suspended you get your car towed and receive a hefty fine, you do it again you and get a driving suspended in the 2nd degree you can get booked in jail.. my point is with all this nonsense going on why get into drama for a lane violation. Just a thought...

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Where did I mention quotas? And yes I am a cop/K9 Handler.

Pat1978
Pat1978

We didn't make people sign in KS but I almost lost an ID theft case because the turd with the felony warrant who lied about who he was didn't sign and the ridiculous low quality body cams we used weren't uploading. My word against his (until the body cams were fixed) . It's not always important that they sign but it can be a crucial piece of evidence that they knew what they were doing when the camera fails.

Phatman46
Phatman46

All she had to do was sign the ticket and go to court but like every other SJW they think they know the law and a SUPAVICER will save them. Heres a news flash any supervisor in their right mind does not show up on a scene and go against his subs, thats not how it works especially in this case. I hope the charges stick and she learns that at 65 the side of the road court game is not going to work!