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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A mother arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct during a street fight says she was simply defending her daughter. Police say Shadrica McKoy was egging on the fight and telling the teens to ignore police. We spoke with McKoy and got her side of the story.

Police arrested McKoy Wednesday afternoon for disorderly conduct during a street fight. McKoy says she was only trying to defend her daughter, Dominique, a sophomore at New Hanover High School.

“I did get arrested, and I’m not ashamed that I got arrested defending my child, because the police were not defending my child,” McKoy said.

McKoy said the day she got arrested was the second day in a row her 16-year-old daughter was beat up by a street gang.

“The young lady that she had a confrontation with is affiliated with a gang, and when the two young ladies got into a confrontation, the gang members jumped my daughter,” McKoy said.

McKoy said at least ten boys jumped her daughter Tuesday after school. Wednesday McKoy said her daughter called her saying she was being chased.

“I was like, ‘Where are you at?’ And she was like, ‘He’s chasing us with a golf club, Mama,'” McKoy said. “And my first instinct was run to the school, because I know police are at the school.”

McKoy says the boys chasing her daughter did not catch up.

“Because if he would’ve hit my daughter with a golf club, he would’ve killed her,” McKoy said. “And you think about being a parent and every time you look at the news or you hear the news, somebody’s either shot, stabbed. What else is there for you to do.”

McKoy said she expected more from Wilmington Police. She said they were not there to protect her daughter Tuesday or Wednesday.

“If anybody tries to harm your child, you’re going to do what you have to do as a parent, and that is protect them first and foremost, and that’s all I was doing was trying to protect my child,” she said.

McKoy said her daughter’s hair was pulled out and the girl now has a scar under her eye, but she says she is fine now. She hopes gang violence will be seriously addressed in the future by Wilmington Police.

She will have another chance to tell her side of the story when she appears in court on May 26.

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  • WilmMan

    What exactly do you expect WPD to do? IF they don’t see whats going on they can’t do anything about it. If this girl was getting jumped and harassed she can take out her own warrants. She doesn’t need to leave it up to LEO

  • WilmMan

    Well, if she cussed them out, then they had everything they needed to arrest her. And it’s easy to say a cop is dirty when you don’t have a clue what is really going on

  • MaybeandMaybenot

    Its sad that their are people up here judging the situation when they were not there and dont know what happen. Truth is in Wilmington, NC we have alot of dirty cops. I have witnessed for myself. Im sure Ms. Mckoy was protecting her child and when the police showed up, she probably cussed them out and they had to use any excuse to arrest her. If it was your child what would you do? You dont know until your in that situation. So dont judge….

  • Earl watson

    I’m sorry but if your kid was getting jumped by anybody you would do the same thing as so big ups to Ms.Mckoy for standing up for your child when no one else would (WPD)

  • Guest

    I know what you mean with the bullying at school and in the neighbor hood.My son starts a new school and th frist day Inahve troyble with a boy in class.Thi little boy would steal his stuf and push him to start bof with. I went to the teacher and yhe office.Then came home with the side of his head black and blue where the little boy grabbed his foot on the monkeybars and he the side and noone called me or even wrote out a paper.It was the point where my son was scared to go to school.so now I told him to fight back.

  • STOP

    These females are NOT LADIES! It’s a shame that our community is polluted with such TRASH!

  • Me, myself & I

    This is why we should hear or read BOTH sides of any story before making any comments.

  • Guest

    From the mom’s point of view, sounds like a case of bullying and the police turned their head the other way until it got too ‘deadly’.
    We (as a community) have to do more.* If the mom’s actions was a case of self-defense (for her daughter), then I wish her no ill will. Sure, there were probably other ways to prevent things from escalating, but I’m glad this did not end like a fight did several weeks ago in which a girl’s life was snuffed out instantly.

    *And by doing more, we need to teach ourselves (especially the youth) about how to interact with different people and change our own perceptions. Volunteer at mentoring/community organizations or start one of your own. I definitely vote for community watch groups and economic development councils.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The police can’t do anything as long as parents allow their children to grow up in that culture and do NOTHING at the first signs of their children’s gang affiliation or illegal activity.

    Ms. McKoy, if you truly love your daughter and want to see her protected, GET HER OUT OF THAT HORRIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD. It isn’t getting any better. It hasn’t gotten any better since we launched the War on Poverty in 1964. It’s getting worse because of the conditioned dependency and drugs.

  • Guest

    I went to a gang violence seminar at Ashley HS last week and it was a joke. No more than 5 parents there. Police officer who was doing presentation was awful public speaker and was just reading a power point presentation. Need someone who has a dynamic personality to lead a seminar like this. There were at least 10 officers there probably making OT and shift premium. I left after 30 minutes. I could not take anymore.

  • Guest

    If all the lady did was egg on the fight, like the article said, then that is not defending her child. Defending someone takes action. I would have to be beat down with my child or overcome the attackers. There would be no other choice, as far as I’m concerned. As far as the police go, I wonder if she had called them after the first fight? And why would you tell your child to ignore the police rather than ask for their help? They’ve got guns, batons, pepper spray, and cuffs! Either the article is not giving all the facts or this Ms. McKoy is just a very poor parent.

  • Guest

    I used to live right next to the convenient store on 12th & chestnut. I have seen some afternoon brawls on the street after school many times. Sometimes cops are there, sometimes they are not. This incident is nothing new, nor will it ever been new. I support what the mother did because the police did not protect McKoy’s daughter. I understand cops cant be everywhere, but when I lived on chestnut, cops just sat in the car with their thumb up their woo woo. Does WPD do fitness test on their officers, walk a beat, talk to citizens? This incident exemplifies the relationship between the WPD and the African American community in Wilmington. Ms. McKoy told her daughter, that “the police cannot protect you”. This statement alone speaks volumes about the huge disconnect in the Wilmington community. This “distrust” between the African American community and the WPD is not isolated to just this one ethnic minority in Wilmington.

  • Guest

    Sounds like a lot of BS to me. Sounds like a sorry excuse of a mother. She deserves to be arrested. The cops know what they heard and saw. Pray for her daughter cause cause she is a lost cause with this kind of mother. She will lie to justify her daughters bullying behavior.

  • one love

    way to go mom!!!! if the police dont protect then as parents we have to protect them. i could not imagine one of my kids getting hit with a golf club For all of the haters who will be posting something dont criticize mom………. thats a parent for you and dont say what you will or wont do until that time comes…………. in this world it is killed or be killed

  • WilmMan

    This must have been a special seminar you went to. I’ve been to a couple of them and there are only 2 or 3 deputies there. The other speakers are gang counselors and the like. Doing these seminars are also part of their daily job and I doubt they are getting paid extra to do them


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