Police Chief Responds to Claims of Brutality - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Police Chief Responds to Claims of Brutality

WILMINGTON -- Police Chief Ralph Evangelous had an answer to complaints of police brutality, including the following 911 call:

Caller: "I'm on Yester Oaks Road..."
Operator: "Yeah, we've got people coming out there."
Caller: "No, no. I'm calling for something else. I just saw, along with about 50 other people, four cops beat the hell out of this little kid. Four! Four police officers beat the hell out of this little kid. He's laying unconscious..."

That was one of the several calls dispatchers received, after police broke up a party on Yester Oaks Drive early Sunday morning.

Witnesses told WECT that police tased Casey Davis, Evan Pileri and Jarred Callahan. They said that police beat Davis until he was unconscious.

Photographs taken by witness Kyle West showed blood in his house left from Davis' head.

West alleged it was police brutality, because the three students never touched an officer. But Evangelous said that was not the case.

"When they were on the ground wrestling with him, attempting to handcuff him is when he was tasered," said Evangelous. "I don't know what other fairy tales we are hearing here, but that's the facts."

The police chief would not talk about accusations that officers continued to beat Davis with a baton after he was unconscious.

While the incident remained under investigation, Evangelous said that the police department would not apologize for attempting to bring tranquility back to the neighborhoods.

Evangelous said that there were 36 noise violations on Yester Oaks Drive in the past three weeks. He said that officers would not tolerate college students breaking the law from now on.

In fact, the chief said his force would crack down even harder on partygoers, which could mean more arrests.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly