FIRST ON 3: Commissioner Warren's racial allegations "unfounded"
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,BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE BRUNSWICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT):

On 6-7-2011, County Commissioner Charles Warren made a complaint to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards. Mr. Warren complained that Deputies had been subjecting him to racial intimidation and racial profiling.

Mr. Warren specifically alleged that First Sgt. Todd Coring sat too close to him during the Commissioner meeting of 6-6-2011. Warren said that during this meeting, Coring continually stared at him in an effort to intimidate him. Warren said that after he left the meeting, persons unknown, called or texted his whereabouts to Deputy Jason Fennell. Warren said that Fennell stopped him on Midway Road for no reason, failed to ask him for his driver’s license and registration, and refused to provide his badge number when Warren requested it. Warren felt that this entire traffic stop was racially motivated.

Warren felt that fellow county commissioners Bill Sue and Scott Phillips were behind this deputy intimidation. Warren could provide no specific information concerning their involvement.

The Office of Professional Standards has investigated this complaint and determined these allegations to be unfounded. During the Commissioner’s meeting, First Sgt. Todd Coring was seated up front near the commissioner in an effort to be visible to the public and to provide security to the commissioners if needed. Coring characterized his interaction with Mr. Warren as friendly and Coring even purchased a raffle ticket from Warren prior to the meeting.

Deputy Fennell was on routine patrol behind Warren on Midway Road as Warren drive home after the meeting. Fennell said that Warren suddenly pulled into the right travel lane and stopped as he neared the intersection of Highway 211. Fennell’s car camera showed that he pulled up beside Warren in an attempt to see if he was having car trouble or a health issue. Fennell was at all times polite and courteous to Warren and told him his name when Warren asked him. Fennell was unable to provide a badge number because Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies do not have badge numbers. Fennell reminded Warren that he was creating a traffic hazard by blocking the travel lane. He politely instructed Warren to pull into an adjacent parking lot. Fennell did not know Warren’s identity or race prior to pulling up beside him.

There is no evidence that Commissioners Sue or Phillips are in any way involved in racial intimidation of Mr. Warren or any other minority citizen.

Mr. Warren has previously made unfounded allegations against Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees. On June 4, 2010, Warren accused Corporal Preston Nowell of vandalizing his wife’s vehicle as Nowell delivered the County Commissioner’s packet to his residence. This allegation was also investigated and determined to be unfounded. Corporal Nowell was cleared of any wrong doing.

This investigation is closed.

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If this man is going to waste my tax money over and over again, not only do I want him to resign but I want the sheriff's office to criminally charge him.

§ 14‑225. False reports to law enforcement agencies or officers.

Any person who shall willfully make or cause to be made to a law enforcement agency or officer any false, misleading or unfounded report, for the purpose of interfering with the operation of a law enforcement agency, or to hinder or obstruct any law enforcement officer in the performance of his duty, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1941, c. 363; 1969, c. 1224, s. 3; 1993, c. 539, s. 137; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 23, ss. 1‑3; c. 24, s. 14(c).)

Charles Warren is in serious need of medication. If he felt in any way threatened by this cop then he has mental issues. Its black men like this that continue to stir the racial pot for absolutely NO reason other than to get attention and sympathy that are keeping their race down.

Too bad for Warren that police have this new thing called V-I-D-E-O.

So I was in Wilmington the other day and two THUG Life's looked at me. I felt scared and intimidated. The one said What's up.. I asked for his number and he said "Shut up Fool"... I think I want to contact an all white organization and try to win a law suit of 10 million.. Because of my mental suffering and nightmares.

Freakin plz Warren.. Go away... Always looking for the easy road out..

Please, please, please stop wasting my tax money on these unfounded racism claims! Isn't that card a little tired? I bet MLK is rolling in his grave!!! Let this be a lesson to all those voters who voted a straight Republican ticket in the last election; this is how Charles Warren got elected aftterall! Take the time to pick candidates individually and you will not end up with unqualified tax-revenue-wasting idiots any more! ...you can take back Berger in NHC too!!!

Frankly, I think the county should sue Commissioner Warren for reimbursement to taxpayers due to his frivolous complaints. Those complaints involve wasted time of county deputies (taking them away from more serious investigations), the Office of Professional Standards (which has to spend time to investigate his allegations), and other county commissioners who have been slandered by his allegations.

This is a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money, and Commissioner Warren should be ashamed of himself. I sure hope Brunswick County voters will wise up and vote him out of office. He's a waste of good money and resources.

that there was a racial issue? how does the same group that is being accused of racial profiling conducts its own investigation..shouldnt their be a state bureau of some sort leading the investigation..thats like a judge robbing a bank and ruling on his own criminal trial..

Come on. The man needs to step down and resign. He is doing nothing but taking up the county's time and money. Racism is unfortunately still a reality but in all honesty, the gears have shifted and most racism is geared towards the Hispanic population. I believe Mr. Warren needs to thank the deputy. He could have saved his life...parked in the middle of the road thinking it was a PARKING lot? And we have him representing as county commissioner?

The proof is in the pudding. This isn't the first time he's made unfounded allegations and there's a tape as proof that this is yet another waste of time. Get a life Mr. Warren!

His entire statement did not match the video. The deputy clearly pulled along side of him to check why he was pulled over and partially in the road. He never once was rude to Warren. This is pretty cut and dry. Any how can looking at someone be harassment when you are sitting on a board where everyone is supposed to look at the board talking?!

YES I BELIEVE HE ACTUALLY WOULD WOULD ADMIT THAT. HE DOES NOT LIKE FOR HIS EMPLOYEES TO TREAT ANY CITIZEN DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CITIZEN. PAST HISTORY OF LETTING EMPLOYEES GO SHOULD PROVE THAT. THE PURPOSE OF THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS POSITION IS TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS ON DEPUTIES/OFFICERS. THEIR INTERNAL AFFAIRS PERSON FOR THE SHERIFFS OFFICE IS A RETIRED SBI AGENT THAT IS IMPARTIAL TO ANY DEPUTY. BY THE WAY THE PROPER SPELLING IS SHERIFF

Warren should be censured for making these allegations that he knew were false. I'm sick of the ones in the black community and the NAACP that think everyone owes them something just because they are black.

We are either American or not. I know a white girl that was born in Africa but can't call herself African-American because of the color of her skin.

The NAACP is just as racist as any "all-white" affiliation. Quit griping over every little thing and realize that as African Americans you have more rights than whites. All-black scholarships, schools, groups and organizations, pageants, and worthless "racial allegations" to complain about. The only one conducting RACIAL PROFILING are those who are of the African-American decent with the skin color to match. I suppose if we have the first "WHITE" president after the first "black" president of the U.S., congress and the whole works would be sued. Grow up!

Glad to hear that his race card was REJECTED.

Oh yea...he clearly floated the "race card" and it sank.

The disturbing part is the way he did it...seriously Dudes...it paints him as a childlike imbecile who's judgment is never to be trusted.

they can not throw the weasel off the Commission for making a clearly false accusation and attempting to stir up racial unrest.

When all else fails; when you have no defensible position; when the truth hits you in the face, throw out the race card.

I'm so afraid I look at you the wrong way, I make a slightly cocked look to the side as you gesture your vote. I see you looking at me while I talk to the local police and.... WALLAH, You threaten me with the KLAN WITH A TAN, thats right, you took the racist Group called the KKK, killed it, shredded it, put in a suite with a loud speaker and bad hair and called it Al Sharpton... you draw the NAACP faster than Clint Eastwood could pull his six gun.

MR, Warren please pull the Baby Rattle out your Dookie shoot and get back to the business of whatever it is our county commissioners DO.DO

You couldn't be more dead on. When a black person fails at work they atuomatically pull the race card. Warren tried it, Major Coleman from Burgaw Middle School tried and many others have tried before and will continue to try. Until they stop trying to blame their failures on others, we will keep seeing this old, tired, worn out card.