Civil rights leader speaks on latest WPD incident under review
"One case is one case too many, and I'm concerned why there's so many cases," Patrick said.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Some recent incidents of alleged excessive force have one community leader questioning the Wilmington Police Department.
On Thursday a press conference from the District Attorney that a WPD officer and Wilmington teenager were involved in a physical altercation after the teen was arrested on drug charges.
District Attorney Ben David said 16-year-old Tyrell Rivers was arrested for resisting arrest, felony possession of heroin, misdemeanor marijuana possession, trespassing, and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 4 in the Jervay Community. During the arrest, a camera inside the police cruiser captured the use of force under review.
On Friday night Sonya Patrick, President of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, spoke out about the incident under review by the SBI.
"We should wait and see what they're going to do and hopefully they'll do what is right in this particular case, but there have been too many cases of excessive force since October," Patrick said.
The civil rights advocate said she thinks all of the incidents could be related to poor WPD leadership.
"Chief Evangelous has lost control of his department. I'm sure that's not how law enforcement should be run. There are too many incidents since October and it's very disappointing that the incidents are not by rookies, but long term police officers so that's even more disturbing."
Patrick, a Wilmington resident all her life, said she has never seen so many incidents under review.
"I have never seen this level of excessive force used by police officers," Patrick said.
"One case is one case too many, and I'm concerned why there's so many cases."
Representatives from the Wilmington Police Department were contacted for response, but did not get back to us.
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous announced Wednesday that an officer was suspended weeks ago while the department investigates a potential use of excessive force incident.Evangelous did not nameMore >>
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous announced Wednesday that an officer was suspended weeks ago while the department investigates a potential use of excessive force incident.More >>