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7.16.03

Police officers speak out

Over 50 law enforcement officers cheer Wilmington officer, David Hursey, as he lays out for city council members one of many problems facing the force. He says the management is holding grudges against officers they do not like. Because of that they are not being promoted, and officers are scared to perform their jobs.

Hursey says even worse, city manager, Sterling Cheatham, is ignoring the officers' concerns and covering up for chief of police, John Cease. "He has mislead us all in the media. He's lost public trust. He's been dishonest, untruthful, and not presented the facts." Cheatham doesn't respond to that charge.

New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey was also at the meeting. Causey says he has hired former Wilmington Police Department officers because they could no longer stand to work for the city. "I hope this is the step in the right direction tonight of correcting some problems and giving these men and women relief."

City council made a unanimous vote in approving an outside investigation into some of Hursey's complaints, and sending the officers home, on this night at least, satisfied.

Reported By: Brandi Davis bdavis@wect.com

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