Cumberland commissioner accuses police of harassment

January 12, 2012 7:28:58 PM PST
A Cumberland County commissioner is accusing Fayetteville police of harassment. Charles Evans says it happened when a police officer pulled him over for a traffic stop.

"He made a judgment call and it was wrong," said Evans.

Evans says the police officer who stopped him Tuesday night was out of line.

"He did not want to hear anything I had to say," said Evans. "I was floored when I looked up and he was taking my tags off my car!"

Evans was pulled over in the parking lot of a Robeson Street convenience store. Police say the officer ran a check on Evans' license plate and the numbers came back flagged for confiscation.

"I called 911, and asked for a supervisor," said Evans.

A police supervisor told the officer to put Evan's license plate back on his car. Still, Evans says he felt harassed and intimidated.

"All this could have been prevented if the officer has asked to look at my registration, which he never ever looked at, never asked for them," said Evans.

"The officer was not rude," said Fayetteville Police Dept. Spokesman Lt. Chris Davis. "In fact, in my opinion, he showed great restraint."

Davis said video from the dash camera in two police cars shows both officers being respectful, and Evans shaking hands with both.

Right now, it is unclear why the officer ran Evans' license plate to being with.

"I don't know other than the fact that we are allowed to run randomly, why he [the officer] chose Mr. Evans, I have no idea," said Davis. "One thing I found interesting, it was about 8:30 at night, it was dark. I personally asked the officer if he knew the race of the driver prior to the stop. He said no, he did not. I asked if he knew who Mr. Evans was, he said no, he did not till after the incident."

Evans says he plans to be at police headquarters Friday afternoon to review the video from the dash camera in the officer's car. So far, the police have refused to release that video to the media and the public.

Evans says the DMV told him his registration is current, and the data the officer had in his car computer was incorrect.

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