WPD to review use-of-force arrest after fight breaks out near music venue

WPD to review use-of-force arrest after fight breaks out near music venue

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Officials with the Wilmington Police Department said they are reviewing a use-of-force arrest after an officer tased a man during “a large disturbance” outside a music venue early Sunday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Wilmington police, along with officers from the UNCW Police Department, the N.C. State Highway Patrol, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Club Vybe in the 400 block of South College Road after a fight broke out.

Police say over 150 people were loitering in the parking lot when a melee started between 15-20 people.

“As officers attempted to break up the fight and disperse the crowd many people became unruly and non-compliant,” said Jennifer Dandron, spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department, in a statement released Monday afternoon.

While officers were arresting Katina Walker, 27, another woman, Denasia Greene, 21, allegedly broke through the crowd and struck Walker with a bottle. Greene was immediately apprehended and arrested, Dandron said.

Angeleos Williams, 35, then tried to pull Walker and Greene away from the officers. After failing to comply with officers’ commands, Dandron said police tased Williams and arrested him. Walker was then taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Dandron said officers determined someone in the crowd also had a taser, but it’s unclear if that person used the device during the incident.

Walker was charged with disorderly conduct, affray, and resist/delay/obstruct an officer. Green was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, affray, and resist/delay/obstruct an officer. Williams was charged with resist/delay/obstruct an officer.

Dandron said the use-of-force incident is being reviewed, per standard protocol.

Video of the tasing incident was posted to social media, and later taken down, that Dandron said did not provide “context” to what happened.

“WPD is aware of a video circulating online involving our officers and the tasing of a Wilmington man during a large fray early Sunday. This statement aims to provide full transparency and context to a video that does not show the whole story,” she said.

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