BODYCAMS: Former Officer’s Excessive Force Footage Released

City council considers action against the former officer

By Calibre Press  |   Sep 27, 2016

From Fox8.com:

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Body camera video released Monday by city leaders shows a former Greensboro police officer using “disturbing” excessive force. After releasing the video, city council members voted 8-0 in favor of a resolution calling for the permanent suspension of former Greensboro officer Travis Cole’s law enforcement certification.

The video shows Cole displaying “wrongful conduct” during an incident on June 17.

When city leaders released the video during a press conference Monday, several people applauded.

The incident began with Cole and another officer responding to a possible breaking and entering call. When they arrived at the house, Dejuan Yourse was sitting on the porch.

Body cameras on both Cole and his partner captured what happened next, now described by police as Cole using excessive force on Yourse, who wasn’t injured.

“I wouldn’t dare as a chief tell anyone this kinda thing never happens,” Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott told FOX8 Monday. “We have around 900 employees, over 680 sworn police officers on any given day getting dozens and dozens of calls and interactions. But what they can be assured of is we take this very serious.”

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