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BREAKING NEWS: Officer in controversial traffic stopped in #Alpharetta has resigned after his lawyer.
– Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) May 11, 2018
Mike Petchenik of Channel 2 showed you for the first time the Dash Cam video on Thursday night on Channel 2 Action News at 6pm.
Alpharetta's police told Petschenik that they had originally suspended officer James Legg and instituted an internal investigation. Legg resigned on Friday afternoon, his lawyer said.
The Dash Cam video seemed to show that Legg was cursing and Rose Campbell, 65, was pulling out when she left her SUV near Ga. 400 and Windward Parkway.
The police told Campbell that she could not keep her trail She refused to sign the ticket, which resulted in the officer trying to jail her.
When she refused, he asked for support and Legg was one of the answering officers.  Petchenik "I'll be honest, I felt hurt," Campbell said. "Not only did I feel that my place was hurt, but that he did not respect me."
19659009] Alpharetta Police Chief John Robison has made a statement stating that Legg is not the department's behavior.
He told Petchenik he was worried about what he had seen
Here is the testimony of Officer James Legg:
Dear Chief Robison,
With immediate effect and unfortunately I terminate
Since 1995 I dedicate myself to the civil service. As you know, I retired from the military and worked in law enforcement in Florida before moving to Georgia. Unfortunately, an incident on 4 May 2018 led me to write this letter to you.
I feel I acted appropriately and how I was trained when I arrested Ms. Campbell. As you can see on the video, Ms. Campbell has almost invaded another cop from Alpharetta. She was rightfully stopped because she could not keep her trail. Although she refused the traffic violation, the officer gave her a ticket. Because of her roadside behavior, and after noticing that the car was darkly tinted and someone was in the back seat, the officer asked her to get out and eventually told her she had been arrested. Mrs. Campbell did not obey a lawful order. The officer was unable to subjugate the driver and demanded replacement officers to come to his location. Numerous Alpharetta police arrived, including me.
At the time I arrived at the scene, I saw officers unsuccessfully attempting to effect the arrest of Mrs. Campbell. In addition, I noticed that the vehicle was still running and in my experience, I considered the vehicle as a possible weapon, so I neutralized it by turning it off. There are countless incidents of officers being dragged down the street by motorists being arrested. The police still could not complete the arrest of Ms. Campbell while she was still in the vehicle, holding on to the seatbelt. I did what it took to complete the arrest by raising my voice and using verbal commands in which I put a lot of control over profanity. It worked immediately and she left the vehicle immediately! When the other officers did not immediately hold her back and handcuff her, I released her from her seat belt and she was escorted to the police vehicle. All violence ceased and the arrest was over. I judged their actions as passive resistance and used very limited force to end a several-minute encounter with the suspect.
Maybe I should not have used profanity, but its immediate effectiveness is not questionable and I do it I believe I acted reasonably in these circumstances.
I do not think I'll get a fair internal investigation from you because of the comments you made on Facebook before you questioned any other officers. Instead of letting an independent authority or an independent official review my performance, you have all made only a statement in which my actions were considered unworthy, inappropriate, and in violation of the policy. I will justify my actions if I get the opportunity to do so in a POST investigation, but I will not submit to the investigation by a chief of the agency, who prefers public perception and political correctness about officers, suspects and the safety of the public takes care. Let me remind you that I did not stop the traffic, did not start with force, responded to emergency equipment, analyzed the situation properly, made the vehicle safe, alerted the suspects, and out of the car, effectively
out of the seatbelt and handcuff them with limited strength. The meeting had gone on with several officers who responded with emergency equipment and left the public unprotected while the encounter continued. To summarize, I think that my decisions quickly ended a volatile situation with very limited force and all returned from the highway and back to the service.
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