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Husband: Roswell police need sensitivity training

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We're getting our first good look at some dash-cam video where a Roswell Police officer pulled over a driver speeding in a school zone. The couple was racing to the emergency room.

Johnny White is outraged that a police officer asked his wife to prove she has breast cancer.

A police spokesman insists the officer didn't do anything wrong and followed department policy, but the cancer patient's husband believes Roswell police needs more sensitivity training.

"God forbid that some woman in your family, and you remember this day -- that you stopped us from seeking medical treatment so that you can write tickets," said White on the police officer's dash-cam video.

A motorcycle cop pulled over Johnny and Roxanna White for speeding in a school zone.

Roxanna was in pain. She has stage four breast cancer and she asked her husband to drive her to the emergency room.

"We do feel compassion for that person and we do feel empathy for that person," said Roswell Police Lt. James McGee. "We think our officer followed our policies and procedures."

"My wife was crying hysterically as she's going through her purse looking for medical cards," said White.

You can hear the officer ask Roxanna to show documents that shows she's sick.

"I don't know what directive he was under, most people are compassionate," said Johnny White.

But Roswell Police stands by their officer's actions.

"If we had seen obvious signs of distress, immediately we probably would have called medical personnel," said McGee.

Once she got to the hospital, doctors discovered Roxanna had blood clots on her lungs.

Roswell police said a judge could reduce a fine or even throw out the citation.

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