La indignación se ha hecho sentir rápidamente luego de que salió a la luz un video donde un grupo de policías de Georgia agredieron brutalmente a una abuela afroamericana de 65 años, durante una detención de tráfico de rutina. Uno de los policías incluso llegó a maldecir a la sexagenaria.
Las imágenes, que quedaron grabadas gracias al Dash-cam del vehículo policial, muestran cómo el oficial James Legg se comporta de forma violenta contra Rose Campbel, durante una parada de tráfico en el suburbio de Alpharetta en Atlanta. El incidente fue tan violento que en determinado momento a los cuatro policías intentaron apresar a la abuelita, que sufre de diabetes e hipertensión.
El video rápidamente se hizo viral y Legg no tuvo más opción que renunciar a su cargo. El jefe de policía de Alpharetta City, John Robison, dijo que Legg tenía “grandes preocupaciones” sobre el incidente y que su comportamiento “simplemente no representa quiénes somos como organización”.
Legg defendió sus actos diciendo que había hecho lo “necesario para completar el arresto, levantando la voz y usando órdenes verbales y una fuerte charla de control”. Posteriormente aseguró que la estrategia había funcionado y que la efectividad de sus actos era incuestionable.
Campbel, por su parte, pide justicia sobre el caso y asegura que el incidente “simplemente me ha dañado y ha dejado algo en mi alma que nunca olvidaré. Nadie debería tener que vivir así”.
Living up to our Standards On Friday evening, one of our officers made a traffic stop for a moving violation that escalated to an arrest of the driver. 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 stop was made on Windward Pkwy near GA400 when our officer observed the violator’s vehicle drift into another lane nearly causing a collision. The encounter began normally until the violator refused to sign the ticket being issued. After being told that she would be arrested for not signing the ticket, she requested that a supervisor respond to the scene. A supervisor was immediately notified per the request. Why is it required to sign a ticket in Georgia? Technically, a ticket is an arrest that requires a bond. 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. While a situation may arise when someone is charged with an offense that they feel is unjust, a courtroom is the time and place to dispute the officer’s decision. It is there that the officer must prove their case to a judge and/or jury. During this particular stop, you will see that the driver became so upset that she struck the officer with the door of her vehicle. She was then told that she was under arrest and, after she refused to obey the officer’s lawful order to step out of the vehicle, the officer attempted to physically remove her. As you’ll see, this was a complicated issue due to the age of the driver as the officer did not want to hurt her. Back-up was requested and available officers responded to the scene, some of which responded to handle traffic control along Windward Pkwy. One officer in particular; however, interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory. 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. Our process allows us to thoroughly review the matter and determine what actions are appropriate moving forward.
Posted by Alpharetta Department of Public Safety on Thursday, May 10, 2018