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INVESTIGATION: Force during arrest was appropriate

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The review of the video concludes the use of force was appropriate based on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. The review of the video concludes the use of force was appropriate based on the circumstances surrounding the arrest.
Roy Augusta Smith II (Source: WPD) Roy Augusta Smith II (Source: WPD)
Shanita Wynette Reid (Source: WPD) Shanita Wynette Reid (Source: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Police Department has completed their review of officers who recently used force while arresting two people accused of being involved in theft at the State Employees Credit Union.

It is routine policy for the department to review any arrest when force is used.

Officers used force when arresting Roy Augusta Smith II and Shanita Wynette Reid after a bizarre incident that took place at a credit union Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say that just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Smith walked into the North Carolina State Employee Credit Union on Converse Drive and put his hand out at a bank window.

He did not say anything; he just stood there with his hand open.

After a short time, Smith walked out of the bank, and SECU employees called 911 to report a suspicious person.

He then approached a woman who was outside using a machine to exchange coins for cash. When he walked up to her, he took about a dollar's worth of coins.

The bank alarm then went off.

The arrest incident was caught on camera and shows an officer kicked one of the suspects while he's down on the ground near the back of the vehicle. A spokesperson for the WPD says officers had to use force on Smith when he refused their orders.

Click here to see the entire dash cam video on YouTube. Warning, the video contains some strong language. On mobile? Copy and paste this link to see the video: http://bit.ly/ZBVbcn.

The review of the video concludes the use of force was appropriate based on the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

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