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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-10 06:36 AM
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Woman fined for interfering with police after aiding pepper-sprayed suspect
Woman fined for interfering with police after aiding pepper-sprayed suspect

By David Reynolds
Dave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

A woman who poured water into the eyes of a man who had been pepper sprayed and handcuffed was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a Wilmington police officer on Tuesday in New Hanover County District Court.

Judge Russell Davis ordered Lynn Ingram, 54, of Oak Island to serve one year of unsupervised probation, in lieu of a 30-day suspended jail sentence, and also fined her $50.

Her attorney, Thom Goolsby said he appealed the conviction and the case is headed to superior court for a jury trial.

On Tuesday, Ingram testified that she believes she was charged in retaliation for calling the Wilmington Police Department soon after the incident to ask about filing a complaint against the officer. The misdemeanor charge against Ingram was issued two days after the Feb. 12 incident outside the New Hanover County Public Library on Chestnut Street.

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Ingram, who had no prior criminal record, testified that her religious views and professional values, she is a psychologist, compelled her to intervene.

She also testified that Knight's report of the incident says he gave Ingram numerous instructions that Ingram says he never told her.

Weatherly testified that the water did help his eyes. Tyrone Ricks, who was standing nearby and saw the incident testified that he didn't think Ingram interfered.

"It was a humanitarian effort," Ricks said. "She was trying to help the guy."

More in detail here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20100727/articles...

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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-10 07:11 AM
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1. Oh, I know ALLLLLL about the Wilmington, NC, police department
It's because of their harassment that I ha to move from there. My Ex was a cop on the force, and they harassed me for a year after we broke up, until I couldn't take it anymore and left. They even used to come in when I was working and saunter around to make sure I saw them. Calling and reporting it to the higher ups had zero effect.

I know for a facet many of them listened to cell phone calls, and would run the plates and get the addresses of girls they thought were cute. They targeted black males and interracial couples in pull-overs. They sucked. Several of them got in trouble within about six months because of domestic violence or assaulting their Ex's new SOs.They drove drunk and got away with it, used drugs seized, and were the most sexist, racist, homophobic group of people I have ever been around.

Maybe this culture has changed, maybe not. I know at the time they gave no financial incentive for higher-education degrees, and didn't actively try to recruit a diverse force. I also know that during their police academy training, they brought in actual homophobes to talk about how to handle GLBT citizens, and they harassed at least one gay male off the force after he was seen coming out of a local gay club.

The Thin Blue Line is real and insidious and disgusting.

So, this is small potatoes.

Oak Island is also where mainly wealthy people live, just to give posters an idea of the folks involved in this.

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-10 07:21 AM
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2. this is not about a few bad apples. it is about the whole department. this is why people are angry
Edited on Wed Jul-28-10 07:56 AM by seabeyond
at the cops.

and posters can say dont broadbrush, just a few, all they want, but it is this that people want to make changes and are angry.
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