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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) – Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a complaint with the sheriff’s department claiming he’s being racially harassed by sheriff’s deputies and fellow commissioners.

Here are the remarks from the investigation report…

Charles Warren reports that Brunswick County Deputies are following him and stopping his vehicle for no reason. He also feels that during commissioner meetings they are sitting too close to him and staring at him.

Mr. Warren feels that the deputies are doing this in an attempt to intimidate and harass him. He feels that this harassment is racially motivated.

He feels that this harassment may also be motivated by other county commissioners.

Mr. Warren said that on the evening of 6-6-2011, Deputy Fennell pulled beside him as he was stopped on the side of Midway Rd. Warren feels that this contact was racially motivated and unnecessary. Fennel never asked him for his drivers license. Warren feels that perhaps Fennel may have been texted by other deputies who may have still been at the commissioners meeting.

Mr. Warren feels that this harassment might originate with (Commissioners) Scott Phillips or Bill Sue.

Mr. Warren would like the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards to conduct a criminal and internal investigation to determine if deputies and county commissioners are attempting to threaten, harass and intimidate him.

Both commissioners in question say the whole thing is just childish.

“There’s a book that was written, ‘All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,’ and this sounds like some kindergarten accusations,” said Bill Sue, the Brunswick County Commission Chair. “I and some of the other commissioners disagree with him from time to time and if you can classify a disagreement as harassment, that’s a new definition for me.”

Scott Phillips, who was elected a County Commissioner the same time as Warren, says he wishes Warren would have handled things differently.

“I was in shock,” said Phillips. “I didn’t understand what motivated Mr. Warren to file this complaint. Nothing was said to me by Mr. Warren. We typically go to one another and talk about it man to man, face to face.”

This isn’t the first time commissioners have had problems with warren. A few months ago, board members unanimously approved a non-binding censure of Warren after he violated the county’s code of ethics by serving on two separate boards.

We called Warren to talk more about his complaint but he refuses to return our call.

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  • Ronald Wells

    This is an excellent opportunity for the counties of New Hanover and Brunswick county to come together, share a cold one and discuss who has the bigger lunatic sitting on their board.

  • Guest461

    ..it’s because they don’t like you. Are you going to sue them for that? You’ve been pulling that racial crap ever since you got in office. Every time something doesn’t go your way, you scream racism and get the NAACP involved. The NAACP has the credentials of used car salesmen these days and your association with them will ruin your reputation.

    Now…act like a big boy and go out and play nice with the other boys, heah?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …because they believe that he’s a paranoid nutjob, and may present a danger to himself or others?

  • Guest24691

    Another commissioner who has lost it! I’m sure it won’t be long before the NAACP has something to say about this too!
    Good grief!! In that case I want on that band wagon…I feel harassed every time I see a Bruns Co deputy on Hwy 17. He might be following me. I also feel harassed every time I drive past the 2 deputies houses on the way to mine…they might be doing a stake out and only pretending to “live there” so that they can watch my every move and report to a higher authority every time I leave my home.
    Next time a deputy pulls up beside me at a RED traffic light or stop sign I’m going to run it, but only because I feel threatened.
    Come on Warren! Grow a set. Get out of your car and CONFRONT them or at least ASK them what they are doing. I’ve done that before and I’m a 5’6″ female!!
    And what were you doing on the SIDE OF MIDWAY RD?? Were you at Crack Hill? Of course the deputy stopped, that’s what they are supposed to do. If he knows who you are (which obviously he does) the WHY would he ask you for your license??? I’m sure if he had you’d be b*tching about that too…probably something to the effect of “he was harassing me by asking for my license, he already knows who I am. He just did it to harass me because I’m a black man stopped on the side of the road”

  • Why do you give publicity to this racist?

  • This idiot is beyond pitiful.

  • Tom O

    You can bet that the Rev. Barber from the state NAACP will soon be showing himself in Brunswick County soon, calling a news conference and getting himself locked up to assist Commissioner Warren, just like he’s been doing in Wake County.
    The way I figure it, if he is locked up in Brunswick County and he has already got Wake County under his belt (and that’s a big belt) he’s only got ninety-eight counties to go for a North Carolina sweep.
    Maybe they’ll try and get the “big reverend” Al Sharpton to take a road trip.

  • Tom O

    Attention Guest 6858 -it’s real easy to call someone a “racist” or “idiot” and hope that they back down. Not gonna happen, let’s wait and see how long it takes Barber to get here if Warren doesn’t get what he wants. If it doesn’t go his way it’s because he’s black and that’s a tired excuse and you know not factual.
    Just remember the sheriff’s office can’t have any contact with Commissioner Warren because…… why?

  • Guest666

    When an officer sees a car stopped on the roadside, he should stop to see if there is a problem and render aid if necessary. What does this Bozo think police are for? I suppose if the Deputy had passed him by, he would have complained he did not stop because he is black.

  • Guestgetoverit

    Get over it… you little punk.

  • Guest111

    Being mistreated for racial reasons. This has gotten so old. I don’t even pay attention anymore. What a load of c__p!

  • Guest6912

    Wow, looks like the Obama Regime is pullout all stops to take over North Carolina. The National Dem convention will be in Charlotte meaning union only jobs in our right to work state., Thousands of paid volunteers to help the campaing, (oxymoron here but that is what the dems call it ) Now get the storm troppers from the NAACP to harass all other citizens into submission by using the race card again and again and again.

    This mess needs to stop with the defeat of the Obama Regime and run all those out of office.

  • GuestCF

    All else fails, holler Racism. That’s all we ever hear anymore. Come on get real! Grow up

  • Guest9743

    No, not everything that happens is an act of racism but racism DOES exist, you’ll have to admit that and it exists on both sides so don’t try to pretend it doesn’t. I’ve been around for 70+ years and it’s been here as long as I can remember and it’ll be here long after I’m gone….and on both sides I might add!!


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