An Alpharetta police officer who was suspended after he was caught manhandling a 65-year-old woman on dashcam video has resigned.
The incident occurred on May 4 during a traffic stop on Windward Parkway near Georgia Highway 400, north of downtown Atlanta.
CBS46 received a statement from an official with the Alpharetta Police Department, Friday afternoon.This afternoon, the City of Alpharetta received a letter from James Legg resigning employment. That resignation, however, does not alleviate our responsibility to Mrs. Campbell and the community for a complete and thorough investigation of this incident. We want to assure everyone that our internal affairs investigation will continue and that appropriate actions, based on all of the facts, will be taken by the City. In parallel to our own investigation, the City has requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct its own independent investigation. While our own investigation will be thorough, we understand that having the matter also investigated by an outside agency will provide the public additional confidence that the incident has been thoroughly and appropriately addressed. We recognize that an incident such as this will cause some to question their trust in us. The only way we can begin to win back that trust is to complete the investigation, be transparent, and be accountable. That is exactly what we intend to do.According to a spokesperson with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, the woman refused to sign her ticket during the traffic stop. She was told she would be arrested after not signing the ticket and requested a supervisor, who was immediately notified, according to authorities.
Police say the woman became so upset during the incident that she hit an officer with the door. She was then told she was under arrest but refused to comply with the officer, which is when the officer tried to remove her.
Police say one of the officers responding for backup "interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory."
The officer's actions were caught on video.
The department said the officer's behavior doesn't reflect the organization, adding that an internal affairs investigation is underway.
You can read Legg's resignation letter below:
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