County commissioner says his life is in danger

Durham County Comissioner Joe Bowser
July 15, 2011 4:10:02 PM PDT
Durham County Commissioner Joe Bowser says his life is in danger, he has proof and despite complaints to the Durham Police Department, nothing has been done to help him.

"I feel like I've been grossly mistreated by the Durham Police Department," Bowser said.

He's speaking out; hoping a longtime dispute with his neighbor will stop.

Bowser says things have gotten so bad; he installed a surveillance system that rivals the courthouse. For the past 20 years, he says his neighbor has vandalized his property.

In one piece of video, Commissioner Bowser says he caught his neighbor climbing his fence. A shadowy figure can be seen crossing into Bowser's backyard.

He says the image of a white dot on a rooftop is his neighbor shooting projectiles at his house and cars, but he says his pleas for help have become somewhat of a joke.

"I feel like the PD is trying to reverse the role and make it look like there's something wrong with me," Bowser said.

Bowser has taken his complaint to the attorney general partly because he also believes his neighbor is using harsh chemicals to kill vegetation and to poison his family.

The Commissioner has covered his foundation vents and says even the youngest family member has developed symptoms of chemical exposure.

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez declined an interview, but provided a recent letter he sent to Bowser saying, "?there is no tangible evidence to support your assertion that your neighbor is trying to damage your property or poison your household."

However, Bowser isn't giving up his fight.

In addition to his neighbor, he says he prepared to take on police.

"I don't know what's next but there will be a next," Bowser added. "I can assure you that. I'm not going to let them take my family down. It's just that simple."

ABC11 Eyewitness News tried to reach Bower's neighbor for comment but was unsuccessful.

Durham police say foot patrols in the neighborhood were increased and they conducted witness interviews. After about a year investigation, Chief Lopez says no evidence of a crime was found.

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