Wilmington police officer speaks out after termination

Wilmington police officer speaks out after termination

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Former Wilmington Police Department Sergeant Curt Stansbury alleges he was fired by the WPD Monday.

In a letter to local media outlets, Stansbury claims he was fired Monday after serving with the WPD for 25 years.

Stansbury's letter does not present a clear reason as to why he was fired. The WPD has yet to provide his termination letter to the public.

In the letter, Stansbury writes that he sent a hostile workplace environment complaint to city officials in July of 2014. He provided the response he got from Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham on January 13, 2015. Cheatham's response to the complaint states that there was insufficient evidence to support Stansbury's claim.

However, Cheatham's response does state that "information gathered in interviews indicates a pattern of unprofessional behavior and violation of policies by others and will be addressed by the Wilmington Police Department."

Stansbury's letter also addresses concerns about the inner-workings of the department and states that morale has been low amongst officers.

The letter states in part…

In June of 2014 I told the chief that the morale was the lowest that I have seen in 25 years and that officers were doing the minimal and a lot of in fighting was going on. I told him that rookies were being hazed and pressured to quit. I informed him that divisions were not communicating with each other and that the communication was at an all time low and that is cause of some of the violent crime issues.

Stansbury concludes his letter stating that he has always respected the system in place with the City of Wilmington and will respect the final decision regarding his employment.

To read Stansbury's full letter, click here: http://bit.ly/1Axaxb8

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