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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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NORTH CAROLINA FEMALE COP KILLS HUSBAND, HUSBAND WAS COP TOO

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

It is not often that a cop kills a cop, especially when they are married to each other.
But a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy killed her husband in a domestic dispute on the Martin Luther King holiday. The police department revealed today that no charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins shot and killed her husband, Deputy Sheriff James Hawkins.
Rataba Hawkins has been with the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and is assigned to field operations. James Hawkins was with the office since 2005 and was assigned to arrest processing.
The shooting took place at the couples home on Ashley Meadow Drive in Charlotte, NC. on January 15, 2018.
Officers responded to a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon 911 call. Officers then located Deputy James Hawkins inside the house with an apparent gunshot wound. Deputy James Hawkins was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic.
Rataba shot her husband with her sheriffs department issued gun. Apparently the too were fighting with each other and Rataba felt threatened for her life and fired fatal shots at her husband.
Spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department Anjanette Grube released this statement:
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is saddened to learn of the news concerning an open homicide investigation involving two MCSO deputies. Our hearts go out to their family as they cope and grieve with this tragedy. This is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigation so any questions concerning the investigation should be directed to CMPD. Because the MCSO family grieves with the Hawkins family, we will have chaplains available for our staff.
No arrests have been made yet. The Charlotte Police Department is investigating this case as an homicide. PINAC will stay on top of this story.
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North Carolina Ex-Cop Writes Jail Letters to Teen Girl he Impregnated, Resulting in Further Prison Time

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

It is not uncommon for men to get lonely in jail, but a fired North Carolina police officer took it too far when he attempted to contact a now 15-year-old girl he impregnated.
James Blair, 51, is a former cop with the Lowell Police Department. PINAC News first reported on how he impregnated a 14-year-old girl in 2016.
Blair has been in prison since March 2017 after he plead guilty to felony statutory rape. He was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison.
Blair attempted to write his female victim a jailhouse style letter and he succeeded several times, sending the letters to family members with instructions to forward it to the teen victim.
Eventually, prison officials were able to intercept the letters before they even made it out of the prison.
But by then, Blair had already sent the girl several letters, even though the sentencing judge gave him specific instructions not to contact the victim.
Now he will have to serve an extra two years in prison.
Blair’s infractions are considered a Class B offense, which includes communicating directly, indirectly, via a third party, or in any manner with victims, or family members of the victims.
“I was amazed that he was stupid enough to do it,” said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell
The victim’s mother stated the following about the concerning the letters:
“It makes me want to kill him. Whatever with jail. Jail doesn’t mean anything. The man is still doing it. Apparently he’s getting by with everything. I called the prison several times and said there’s letters getting out. Every time I try to push this back out of my mind, he just continuously does this. This child is (now) 15 years old. This has made her sick.”
But even while Blair was in jail awaiting trial, he attempted to contact the victim via

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North Carolina Deputies Under Investigation After Shackled Inmate Jumps from Moving Patrol Car

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A North Carolina sheriff’s department is investigating themselves after a handcuffed and shackled inmate jumped from a moving patrol car onto the highway suffering injuries to her head and face that will require future reconstructive surgery.
“The witnesses said they saw the car door fly open and a woman fly out,” Cheryl Golden, the mother of Yolanda Dillard told the Winston-Salem Journal.
Dillard, 37, is being held at the Forsyth County jail on misdemeanor charges.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said he didn’t know weather or not the doors were locked or if deputies placed Yolanda Dillard in a seatbelt before deputies attempted to transport her to the Forsyth County Jail from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being treated for drinking cleaning fluid on Wednesday.
“We are trying to determine the events that led to this situation.”
“We are saddened that this occurred,” Stanley, who refused to identify the deputies, said.
According to Stanley, between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. on May 17, a male and female deputy were in the front seats transporting Dillard when she managed to open the rear door with the handle and jump from the moving patrol car.
The deputies called 911 for an ambulance.
Dillard, accompanied by one of the deputies, was taken back to the Wake Forest Baptist hospital to be treated Wednesday through Thursday morning then taken back to the jail.
During her visit, Golden took photographs of her daughter’s injuries then posted them to Dillard’s Facebook page.
The photos show injuries to Dillard’s head, face, nose and chin as well as an apparent injury on her bandaged right leg.

Golden wants a judge to order Forsyth County to return her daughter to Wake Forest Baptist and doesn’t believe medical providers with Correct Care Solutions will provide her daughter with proper medical treatment after Deshawn Lamont Coley, 39, died inside the jail earlier this month.
Coley died in the Forsyth County Jail on May 2 from

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North Carolina Cop Smashes Mother To Pavement In Front Of Her Own Kids (VIDEO)

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

A North Carolina cop demanding an African-American motorist’s car keys unlawfully during a traffic stop was caught on camera by a good samaritan manhandling the mother of small children this week, in a video gone viral which you can see below.
Winston-Salem police officer James Carter waited until he thought the woman recording the incident was going to leave and then slammed Tekara Williams to the pavement over an expired license plate.
Her kids saw it all.
Officer Carter had pulled over Williams for driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when the video begins, the tall Caucasian officer has the shorter woman’s wrists in his hands and pinned her inside the driver’s side door frame while she loudly protested.
“In an interview with a Winston-Salem Journal reporter Thursday, Williams said she told Carter she wanted to call her grandfather because he owns the car, adding that she had turned off the ignition and put the keys on the passenger seat.”
She also said she didn’t know that the insurance coverage on the car had lapsed and that the car displayed an expired registration plate.
Police said that the plate’s expiration gave them the right to seize the vehicle’s license plate
As the good samaritan arrived and began recording, Tekara Williams was demanding to know why the police officer wanted to arrest her in front of her children.
“There is no reason for you to do this sir, you pulled me over for a speeding ticket. What are you doing?!? No sir, I want someone here now. Thank you ma’am.” Williams said to the woman recording her arrest.”
“My name is Tekera Williams,” she continued, while holding her phone in her other hand, “I have no idea what he is stopping me. Help me. This is Winston-Salem Police Department and his name is…”
“Let me have your hands,” demanded Officer Carter.
“is.. Officer Carter.” Said

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WATCH: North Carolina Cop Places Gun to Unarmed Man’s Head, Threatening to Kill Him

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

“Is your shit on? Cut it off,” said a North Carolina cop after he and several other cops roughed up a man.
Body cam footage released this week shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers punching and elbowing James Yarborough during an arrest while Yarborough was on the ground.
One of the officers then puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you.”
Thankfully, that officer did not make good on his promise, but he later noted in his report that he feared for his life because Yarborough was reaching for his waist.
Although the incident occurred in March 2016, the internal affairs department just cleared the case finding that all officers involved acted appropriately.
According to WBTV, police made a traffic stop on a truck Yarborough was the passenger in because the truck was involved in several larcenies. Yarborough casually exited the truck and then took off from police on foot.
The driver of the truck had a pistol laying in the truck, Yarborough being a convicted felon didn’t want to be hit with gun charges, so that is why he ran, he told WBTV News.
After a brief foot chase, an officer tackles Yarborough and a struggle ensues. That is when Officer Jon Dunham puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you, you understand? Give me your hand, now!” Yarborough continued to resist the four officers that were on top of him.
After an officer tasers Yarborough, he appears to be a bit more compliant, but the officers involved begin to hit and elbow him repeatedly until they get him handcuffed.
This is how Dunham described the incident in his report:
“At this point I observed him shove his hand towards his waistband. He was completely uncooperative,  I believed he was reaching for a gun in an attempt to seriously hurt me or Officer Michaels; knowing that suspects are known

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North Carolina Cop who Lied to Uber Driving Attorney about Recording Laws Demoted in Rank and Pay

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The North Carolina cop who became a viral sensation after telling an Uber driver that it was illegal to record him under a new law – only to learn the driver was also a lawyer – was demoted in rank and pay.
Wilmington Police Sergeant Kenneth Becker is now a corporal whose hourly salary was reduced by $1.38, according to the News and Observer.
The 17-year veteran was also assigned to the planning and research division, which appears to be more of an administrative position, meaning he will have less access to the public where he has proven to conduct unlawful searches.
The fact that he did not hesitate to conduct an unlawful search knowing he was being recorded makes us wonder how he treats citizens when he is not aware he is being recorded.
The incident took place on February 26 when Wilmington police pulled over Jesse Bright and his passenger after driving away from a house they had under surveillance.
Police said it was a drug house and believed Bright and his passenger had just purchased drugs. But Bright said his passenger, a dog groomer, was only there to pick up a check, a fact that was confirmed by police when they searched the passenger with his consent.
But Bright, a public defender who was driving for Uber to pay of school loans, did not consent to being searched. He also did not turn off his camera when ordered to do so.
Not only did Becker tell Bright that a new law had just passed forbidding the recording of cops in public without their permission, a New Hanover County sheriff’s deputy also went along with the story, telling Bright the same thing.
That was when Bright informed him he was an attorney who was certain there was no new law in the books forbidding the recording

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North Carolina Cop and Mentor to Girl Pleads Guilty to Raping, Impregnating her

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

James Blair, 51, of the Lowell Police Department in North Carolina impregnated a 14-year-old girl in 2016. Blair then tried to convince the girl to have an abortion.
But the girl’s mother does not believe in abortion, so they are welcoming the new addition to the family.
Blair, however, will serve at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony statutory rape Thursday. To make matters worse, Blair was a middle school resource officer in addition to being a full-time cop.
He met the girl when she was eight. PINAC first reported on this case in September 2016. 
The now-fired Blair had sex with the 14-year-old girl in his police car and at his home throughout 2016 up until August.
Blair met the girl after she had run away from home and he volunteered to mentor her. Instead, he used his position and influence to take sexual advantage of the troubled girl.
Blair even took the victim on trips. State police arrested Blair in August 2016 after the victim’s mother saw incriminating text messages between Blair and the victim.
“If you keep that baby, I’m done and you know it,”
says Blair in a text message to the victim.
“Do whatever you wanna do, just remember I love you and name it after me.”
Lowell Police Officer James Blair
The victim’s mother reported him to police, leading to his arrest.
While state police were at the victim’s house investigating, Blair just happened to drive up for a surprise visit.
But the surprise was on Blair because authorities arrested him on the spot.
Blair remained incarcerated for seven months before he pleaded guilty.
He tried contacting the victim several times while he was locked up, but his collect calls from the county jail were rejected.
The victim girls mother had this to say:
“My daughter is going through so much she’s really hurt. He manipulated my daughter, he manipulated

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North Carolina Cops Exposed as Liars by Lawyer Moonlighting as Uber Driver

Friday, March 10th, 2017

All Jesse Bright wanted was an apology from the North Carolina police officer who told him it was against the law to record cops in public.
But the cop refused to take his calls in the week after Bright proved him wrong.
So Bright went public with the video, where it quickly went viral, picked up by news sites throughout the world.
Now Wilmington Police Sergeant Kenneth Baker is “under investigation” for his actions caught caught on camera that day, showing he not only lied about the law, but lied about having probable cause to search Bright’s car.
It doesn’t take much of an investigation to determine that. All one has to do is view Bright’s videos posted below.
Then there is the New Hanover sheriff’s deputy who also lied to Bright, affirming what Baker said about a newly enacted law in North Carolina that turned photography into a crime.
The two law enforcement officer likely assumed that as a fresh-faced Uber driver, Bright would not know any better.
But he is also a licensed attorney working for the public defender’s office, working extra hours at Uber to pay off school loans.
So he continued recording, knowing there was no such law banning him from doing so.
He also did not consent to the cops searching himself or his vehicle, knowing they did not have probable cause.
But Baker was angry at being rebuffed, so he had another cop walk a police dog to the car where it began sniffing around, but not giving any visible indicator that there were drugs in the car.
And that was enough for Baker to search the car.
“It’s funny how he was real interested in your car,” Baker told Bright seconds after the dog showed little interest in his car.
As Baker was searching the car, finding nothing stronger than some over-the-counter melatonin pills left behind

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New Central Florida economic development and chamber group names Tim Giuliani as CEO

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Tim Giuliani has been tapped as the new head of Central Florida’s soon-to-be-announced economic development/chamber group.
The organization will be officially named in March, and its purpose will be to oversee “strategic efforts to bring more high-wage jobs to Central Florida while promoting and enhancing the region’s dynamic business climate and quality of life,” according to a press release.
It was created from the merger of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the Central Florida Partnership (CFP), which includes the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, the release states.
Giuliani was most recently the president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina. He was also the president of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce before that.
“Tim brings tremendous leadership experience, particularly in managing a combined economic development/chamber organization, as well as a keen understanding of today’s workforce,” says Robert Utsey, co-chairman of the economic/chamber group and senior vice president of business development for Skanska USA Building Inc.
Giuliani said he’s excited to be returning to the Central Florida area and to helm the initiative to create jobs and a prospering economy for the area.
“Central Florida has reached an exciting and significant stage in its economic progress,” Giuliani says. “This is an amazing community full of promise and talent and ingenuity. Working closely with the Board of Directors and our public/private and civic partners, I am incredibly excited to take a page from the new campaign – Orlando: You don’t know the half of it – and spread the word about all of the dynamic aspects of living and working in Central Florida.”
The campaign he’s referring to is put out by the Economic Development Commission, and aims to show businesses the myriad reasons why they should locate in Central Florida.
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North Carolina Cop Charged After Toddler Son Shoots Mom with his Gun

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

For the second time in less than a month, a toddler son of an American police officer picked up a gun and fired a shot.
Last month, it was the two-year-old son of a Cleveland police officer who picked up the gun and tragically killed himself.
Last week, it was the son of a North Carolina police officer who picked up and the gun and fired a shot, striking his mother, but fortunately, not killing her.
This week, Waxhaw police officer Jeremy Ferguson was charged with failing to store a firearm to protect a minor, a misdemeanor that can result in a fine or community service if he is found guilty, according to Fox 46 Charlotte.
It’s not the harshest penalty but it does send the message that cops are not above the law.
However, in the case of Cleveland police officer Jose “Tony” Pedro, whose 2-year-old son got a hold of department-issued handgun and shot himself to death on December 23, it does not appear as if he will be charged at all.
Cleveland police described the incident as “an accidental shooting” instead of an act of negligence by having left the gun within reach of the toddler.
And Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams remained silent on the shooting.
However, in April 2015, Chief Williams was very vocal about another incident involving a three-year-old boy picking up a gun and shooting to death his one-year-old brother, calling a press conference in front of the home where the shooting took place and vowing that  adults “will be held accountable.”
According to Fox 8:
“A three year-old can’t be held accountable for a tragedy like this,” Williams said. “There have to be adults that either supplied the weapon, that charged the weapons, or knew the weapons were there and didn’t do anything to safeguard them, so people will be held accountable for this

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North Carolina School Cop Placed on Paid Leave After Body Slamming Honor Roll Student, Causing Concussion

Monday, January 9th, 2017

A North Carolina school cop has been placed on paid leave for body slamming a female honor roll student so hard it caused a concussion, according to ABC11.
A nine-second video posted to Twitter on Tuesday shows Rolesville police officer Ruben De Los Santos body slamming 15-year-old Jasmine Darwin, who was apparently trying to break up a fight between another girl and her sister.
Rolesville High School student Aisha Nasser captured the fight with her cell phone camera. That video shows two girls throwing punches, kicks and clawing at each other before ending up on the ground.
Ruben de los Santos
According to a witness, Jasmine Darwin, who was thrown to the ground in the first video, was merely trying to break up the fight in the school’s cafeteria when De Los Santos responded to the situation at around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday.
Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston has placed De Los Santos on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, although he did not cite examples of circumstances that would justify body-slamming a 15-year-old female.
Chief Langston, spoke about the incident at a town council meeting on Tuesday and has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct a third-party review of the ordeal.
“We will work diligently to review any and all pertinent information so that we provide an accurate account of the events,” Chief Langston read aloud from a press release.
“We ask the community and all members involved to be patient while we investigate this matter.”
Rolesville High School principal Dhedra Lassidter also released a statement and promised to continue engaging in conversations about the manner in which the school keeps students and staff safe, adding that it’s vital children have a positive relationship with police.
“The safety of our students is always our first priority,” Lassiter said. “Our school district works with many dedicated officers who protect our

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North Carolina Foster Child Sues CPS Supervisor who Adopted Him, Only to Abuse Him

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A North Carolina foster child, who was discovered by a sheriff’s deputy cuffed to a front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck, filed a lawsuit last month against the Child Protective Services worker who adopted him, only for her and her boyfriend to spend several years abusing him.
“A lot of times I would bleed. Sometimes they wouldn’t clean it up. Sometimes, they didn’t care, they just left it bleeding,” the boy revealed in an interview with the Huffington Post, adding that his former foster parents never called for medical help despite enduring severe injuries like a broken wrist while attempting to escape the chains of the abusive home.
Wanda Sue Larson was a Gaston County Social Services CPS Supervisor when she adopted the boy at the age of four in 2006. The boy, now 14, is referred to as “J.G.” in the lawsuit, which can be read here or in the embed below.
Larson’s boyfriend, Dorian Lee Harper, reportedly tied the dead bird around J.G.’s neck after the child killed it at the 5-acre farm where they lived. J.G.’s lawsuit claims Larson never intervened and allowed it to happen.
Investigators say Larson submitted false statements in order to manipulate the “process and substance” of the legal hearing determining J.G.’s custody, manipulating the juvenile courts into removing the child from his biological mother, Maria Harris, by deceiving the juvenile court judge overseeing the case.
Harris regained custody of her son in 2015 after the information about Larson came to light.
In 2006, Larson had used her position as a department supervisor to manipulate the courts to terminate Harris’ parental rights. She also required subordinates to conduct post-removal assessments to qualify the child’s status for funding as well her qualifications so she could adopt him.
North Carolina pays foster parents at least $432 a month for each child.

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North Carolina Cop who Killed Keith Lamont Scott will not be Charged, DA Announces

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A North Carolina district attorney announced no charges will be filed against Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson in the September shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, which sparked several nights of riots.
Witnesses and family members said Scott was unarmed, but Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said he pulled out a gun from an ankle holster and held it at his side, refusing to drop it despite several commands by several officers.
Vinson, who is black, was the only cop to open fire, according to a full report of the investigation, which you can read here.
It all started on September 20 when police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs.
Vinson was working undercover inside a car when he spotted Scott smoking a joint and holding a gun inside his own car, which made him fear for his life.
When police ordered Scott out of the car, Vinson became even more scared.
“I felt like if I didn’t do anything right then at that point it’s like he…he was gonna shoot me or he’s gonna shoot one a my buddies, um, and it was gonna happen right now,” he explained to investigators.
Investigators say the gun Scott was holding was a Colt .380 with one round in the chamber and the safety turned off, but with no magazine inside the gun.
They say they not only found Scott’s DNA on the gun but evidence that he had purchased the gun for $100 from another man, despite having a felony record making it illegal to own firearms.
Although several witnesses stated at the time that Scott was holding a book when he was shot, police say no book was recovered at the scene.
Protests and Riots
 
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Donald Trump belittles accusers as more turn up with sordid stories

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Donald Trump acted out onstage an accuser’s allegations and suggested another wasn’t worthy of his attention the same day two more women came forward with years-old stories of unwanted sexual encounters with the Republican presidential nominee.

With eight women accusing Trump of unwanted kissing, groping or more, the New York businessman maintained his innocence and his denunciation of opponent Hillary Clinton and an international media conspiracy aimed at denying him the White House.
“100 percent fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
Clinton maintained a relatively low profile as Trump stormed, but more hacked emails from WikiLeaks raised anew questions about her private versus public pronouncements. Those released Friday showed her campaign had asked former President Bill Clinton to cancel a speech to an investment firm last year because of concerns that the Clintons might appear to be too cozy with Wall Street just as she was about to announce her candidacy.
Such revelations were no match for the sordid new accusations against Trump. Summer Zervos, a former contestant from Trump’s NBC show “The Apprentice,” said the series’ star became sexually aggressive at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. He kissed her open-mouthed and touched her breasts in a private room, she said during a news conference.
Late Friday night, the Trump campaign released a statement in which a cousin of Zervos said he was “shocked and bewildered” by her account. John Barry of Mission Viejo, California, said Zervos “wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Mr. Trump.”
In response, Summer’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, said in a statement that Barry worked at Zervos’ family restaurant until several months ago,

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More women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual touching

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Two more women came forward on Friday to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual touching, including a former contestant from a reality show that starred the Republican presidential nominee.
The latest accounts come after several women reported in recent days that Trump groped or kissed them without their consent.
At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Friday, Trump sought to discredit his accusers. He said because there were no witnesses to the interactions, the allegations were not credible.
“Right now I am being viciously attacked with lies and smears,” Trump said at an outdoor amphitheater. “It’s a phony deal. I have no idea who these women are.”
Trump also suggested the women who have come forward to accuse him were not physically attractive enough to merit his attention. “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” he said when speaking of one of the women.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” said Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007, while photographer Kristin Anderson alleged Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York nightclub in the early 1990s.
Zervos, 41, appeared at a news conference Friday with Gloria Allred, a well-known Los Angeles attorney who has previously represented women who have accused celebrities of sexual misconduct. Zervos was a contestant on “The Apprentice” in 2006 and said she later contacted Trump to inquire about a job with one of his businesses.
Zervos said she had an initial meeting with Trump, where he discussed a potential job with her. When they parted, he kissed her on the lips and asked for her phone number, she said.
She said weeks later Trump called to invite her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she said she was expecting to have dinner with the

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Rick Scott sends resources to three states to help in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Three Southern states will be getting a helping hand from Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is sending 18 semi-trucks filled with meal kits to six cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The meal kits will be sent to food banks, which will then distribute meals to families impacted by the hurricane.
“While Hurricane Matthew caused damage in Florida, we are blessed to not have the impacts and destruction seen in our neighboring states,” the governor said in a statement. “When disaster strikes, we all have a role to play in helping our neighbors recover and providing whatever help and resources we can to get folks back on their feet.”
The meals will be distributed to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, South Carolina; Harvest Hope Food Hank in Columbia, South Carolina; the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh; Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina in Fayetteville; and the Food Bank of Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The Governor’s Office said the state purchased the meal kits in preparation for the hurricane. Since the state didn’t need them, Scott said the state is “shipping them off to those who need help right now.”
“I have reached out to the Governors of these states to let them know Florida stands ready to help them and that their residents are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Scott in a statement
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Obama briefed on federal hurricane preparations, S.C. town closes in preparation

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

President Barack Obama is being briefed on the federal government’s preparation for Hurricane Matthew as the Category 3 storm makes its way to the U.S. mainland.
The president says now is the time to “hope for the best but we want to prepare for the worst.”
Obama is at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters. FEMA has deployed personnel to emergency operation centers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. It’s also positioning commodities and other supplies at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and in Albany, Georgia.
Government officials are worried about complacency, especially in South Florida, which hasn’t seen a major hurricane in 11 years. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew will remain a powerful storm at least through Thursday night.
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Meanwhile, the beach town of Folly Beach on the South Carolina coast southwest of Charleston is closed to everyone except residents and essential personnel.
Police at a checkpoint at the bridge leading onto the island are turning back visitors and sightseers. But several pickup trucks could be seen carrying plywood onto the island. Several businesses in town and on the road leading from the mainland are boarded up.
The barrier island is subject to erosion and its beaches and a county park at Folly have been heavily damaged in storms in years past.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press
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Evacuations underway in 2 Florida counties

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Brevard County, and voluntary evacuations have been activated in St. Lucie County, but Gov. Rick Scott urged other coastal residents potentially in harm’s way not to wait to be told to leave.
The governor said during a Wednesday morning news conference that “if you’re able to go early, leave now.” The mandatory evacuations were scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The slow-moving storm was expected to drench the coast from the Keys through central Florida, storm surge up to 5 feet deep was expected along the Atlantic coast, and the hurricane could produce tornadoes. Even if Matthew doesn’t come ashore, its tropical storm-force winds could reach the state.
In his 5 a.m. analysis of the forecast models for Matthew’s track along the Atlantic coast, senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown wrote, “Only a slight deviation to the west of forecast track could result in landfall in Florida.”
“We must prepare to be hit by a devastating hurricane,” Scott said.
“This is a dangerous storm and it’s never too early to evacuate,” Scott said. “If you live in a low-lying area or on a barrier island, go ahead and leave.”
Republished with permission of the associated Press.
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Hurricane warning extended for Florida’s coast

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning northward in Florida as Matthew heads toward the East Coast.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the Bahamas after hitting Cuba hard.
The hurricane center says the hurricane was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) south of Long Island, Bahamas. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph).
The hurricane center said there is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along Florida’s east coast from North Palm Beach to the Flagler/Volusia county line. There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the next 48 hours from north of the Flagler/Volusia county line to Fernandina Beach.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nicole is moving west-northwestward over the western Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It poses no threat to land.
The U.S. government says its disaster assessment teams are working to evaluate the effects of Hurricane Matthew a day after the storm blew across a portion of southwestern Haiti with winds of 145 mph (233 kph).
USAID official R. David Harden told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that it had pre-positioned emergency food and other aid in advance of the storm. The assistant administrator for the bureau for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance said the area was “hit pretty hard” but the agency has not yet completed an assessment.
Harden said the U.S. is offering $1 million in food assistance and $500,000 in non-foot items such as blankets, shelters and hygiene kits.
Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten said on the call that it is up to Haiti whether it will go ahead with planned national elections on Sunday. He said the U.S. interest is only that they have fair and credible elections and that they be held either on Sunday or the “not too distant future.”
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WATCH: North Carolina Cops Brutally Arrest Man for Sitting on Mother’s Porch

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Responding to a call of a possible burglary in progress, North Carolina police encountered a man sitting on the front porch of a home, who told them he lived in the house with his mother, only he did not have the key to get inside.
The two Greensboro cops asked Dejuan Yourse a series of questions, then checked out his identification, but were still not satisfied that he lived there.
Yourse even called his mother and handed the phone to Greensboro police officer Travis Cole, but the call went to voice mail, so Yourse offered to introduce the officers to his neighbors who would confirm his identity, but they told him there was need for that.
But the cops still were not satisfied, so Yourse called a friend to come over and confirm his story.
And that was when Cole attacked him, claiming he was in fear for his life, charging him with assault on a government official and resting arrest, saying it was a matter of “officer safety” because he could have been calling somebody to attack the cops.
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But body cam footage from both officers show it was Cole assaulting Yourse, punching him twice in the eye.
The incident took place June 17, 2016, but the video footage was not released until this week at the Greensboro City Council meeting.
Cole resigned last month, but the council voted 8-0 for a resolution to revoke his law enforcement certification to keep him from working at a police elsewhere.
After all, like many of the officers we write about here, Cole has a history of abuse, but was allowed to keep his job, which only gave him the chance to repeat his abuse.
In fact, he was even promoted after the incident after an initial investigation found

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WATCH: Charlotte Police Release Videos from Keith Lamont Scott Shooting Death

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

After four days of refusing to release body and dash cam videos from the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte-Mecklenberg police succumbed to pressure and released the videos on Saturday.
However, the videos do not confirm what police have been saying all along; that Scott deserved to die because he “posed an imminent deadly threat” to officers.
They do not even prove that Scott was holding a gun nor does it prove he was holding a book as witnesses been saying.
All they show is Scott holding his arms at his side. However, police only released one body cam video and dash cam video. And there were several cops at the scene, so it is not clear if they were wearing cameras.
Nevertheless, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Scott was “absolutely in possession of a gun,” so it doesn’t matter if we don’t see one in the video or not.
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Putney also said that Scott not only had a gun, but he also had marijuana, which he described as a “safety issue for us and the public.”
Putney did not mention the marijuana until a press conference Saturday, so perhaps police are trying to establish probable cause to have confronted Scott in the first place, considering it is not illegal to open carry in North Carolina.
Police initially said they were at an apartment complex to serve an arrest warrant when they spotted Scott stepping out of a vehicle with a gun in his hand, which was when they ordered him to drop it.
According to the Charlotte Observer, who interviewed a law professor on the matter.
Gregory Wallace, a law professor at Campbell University in Raleigh, said the city’s statement raises questions as to why police ordered Scott to drop his gun.
In North Carolina, the

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WATCH: New Video Surfaces from Keith Lamont Scott Police Shooting Death in North Carolina

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A new video surfaced from the North Carolina police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, showing Charlotte police officers holding him at gunpoint, ordering him to “drop the gun” before they open fire and kill him.
The footage, recorded by his wife, does not show any gun nor does it prove he was not holding a gun.
But it captures his wife telling officers he has no gun.
Rakeyia Scott can also be heard telling her husband, “Keith, don’t you do it” as he steps out of an SUV.
The video is at times shaky and not at a direct angle, but in the frames containing her husband, he is not lifting his arms nor pointing anything at them.
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The actual shooting is not captured on camera because she has it pointed downwards but the sounds of gunshots are captured.
According to NBC News, who obtained the video:
It’s at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott’s wife screams: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?”
In the aftermath, police officers can be seen attending to Scott’s prone body as his wife apparently calls 9-1-1. No gun can be seen in the footage, which appears to have been recorded from a nearby patch of grass.
The footage was obtained by NBC News amid conflicting reports about whether a gun was found at the scene of the shooting. Police say he had a handgun on him and posed “an imminent, deadly threat.” The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.
A photo, previously obtained by NBC News from local affiliate WCNC, appears to show a gun at the scene.
The photo of the dark object people are saying is the gun was taken after the yellow crime ribbon

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North Carolina Cops Claim Dash Cam Video Shows Keith Lamont Scott Charging Officer with Gun in Hand but Refuse to Release that Video

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

North Carolina cops claim they have a dash cam video showing Keith Lamont Scott charging towards officers with a gun in his hand, making them fear for their lives, which is why they had to shoot him dead.
However, it’s been more than 16 hours since WSOCTV reported that “sources” told them about this dash cam video, but Charlotte-Mecklenberg police have yet to release it.
And during those 16 hours, Charlotte was besieged by a second night of rioting and looting and violence by people who believe Scott was killed after police confused a book in his hand for a gun.
So why are they not releasing the video?
Police claim they are bound by law not to release the dash cam video, even if it means the city goes up in flames.
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And while it’s true that North Carolina passed a law earlier this year barring the release of such videos in what they say is meant to promote “uniformity, clarity and transparency,” the law does not go into effect until October 1, 2016.
So there is no law barring the release of the video. Not that cops ever allow the law to keep them from doing what they want to do anyway.
Releasing the video would not only settle the debate as to whether or not Scott was holding a gun, it may also determine if the officer that killed him was black, a claim that has been disputed by several witnesses.
While it should not make a difference whether the cop was white or black, police in this country are under the impression that it is more acceptable if black people are killed by black cops.
So even though police are claiming that Brentley Vinson killed Scott, several witnesses say it was a bald white cop who shot

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Watch: North Carolina Cop Assaults PINAC Reporter After Threatening to Arrest him for Trying to Access his Car on Public Property

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Joe Biden came to town and the Constitution ended when a North Carolina cop told a PINAC reporter he was not allowed to access his car, which was parked in a public garage, even though the cop claimed it was “private.”
“If you do not leave, you will go to jail,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Andrew Isaacs told PINAC reporter Joshua Brown last week as he was on assignment covering a Joe Biden speech at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.
Not only did Isaacs tell Brown the public area was “private property,” he threatened to charge him with trespassing if he didn’t leave.
Isaacs then charged towards him, gesturing with his handcuffs, grabbing Brown’s wrist and squeezing it tightly after he complied with the cop’s order to leave the property.
Brown later confirmed the area was open to the public during a subsequent recorded telephone conversation with Jeff Lowrance, the college’s public information officer.
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“We’re a public institution. But there are certain restrictions on certain activities,” Lowrance said in a telephone conversation that can be heard here. 
PINAC reporter Joshua Brown
“If media was invited to that event. If you had your credentials, you had every right to be there.”
The video of the incident, posted below, shows Isaacs ordering another reporter away from the area, who was also trying to access his car.
That reporter left, but after the cop grabbed Brown’s wrist, another reporter walked up to interview him.
“First he told me to leave the immediate area where the parking deck was,” Brown told her.
“So I leave the area and film on the sidewalk. He comes up to me and says ‘do you want to go to jail?
“I was like you told me to leave the area and I did. He said ‘now I want you to leave the property.’ So then he demands my

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North Carolina Cop Kills Unarmed Man After Confusing Book for Gun, Daughter Says

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Confusing a book for a gun, a North Carolina cop shot and killed an unarmed 43-year-old man Tuesday, according to his daughter, who posted a video of the shooting’s aftermath on Facebook.
But Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Keith Lamont Scott was armed and posed an “imminent deadly threat to the officers,” which is why he had to die.
They say they were in the area to serve an arrest warrant, which had nothing to do with Scott.
At this time, it does not appear as if the shooting was caught on video, but Scott’s daughter began live streaming on Facebook after the shootings where she can be heard yelling and insulting the officers for having killed her father, telling viewers that her father was sitting in a car reading a book waiting for his son to arrive from school on the bus.
The cop who killed has been identified as Brentley Vinson. Both Scott and Vinson are black.
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According to the Charlotte Observer:
Police said they were searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road when they saw a man with a gun leave a vehicle.
Police said they approached the man after he got back into the vehicle. The man got out again armed with a firearm “and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers, who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said in a statement.
Police said Scott was not the person they were seeking to arrest, whom they did not name nor did they apparently arrest.
The incident took place at 3:50 p.m. and as of this writing, 10:36 p.m., protesters remain gathered in the area, squaring off with police in riot gear.
Scott’s daughter said her father was tasered and shot four times, describing the

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North Carolina Juror Speaks out Declaring Police Shooting Victim was Placed on Trial as Protests Continue Over Mistrial

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Protests continued on Saturday following Friday’s mistrial of a North Carolina cop who shot and killed an unarmed man looking for help following a car accident. Meanwhile, one juror decided to break his silence on the case. The voluntary manslaughter trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick, who shot the unarmed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, to death ended this …
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