BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Brunswick County NAACP president says County Commissioners and the Sheriff's Office are racist. Bernest Hewett made the accusations Friday morning on the Big Talker FM. We spoke with him on the phone this afternoon.
Hewett says he is constantly confronting commissioners about issues that blacks and minorities are having in the county. He says commissioners just don’t listen.
“Me coming all the time, not part of the time and raising these issues and you don't do anything, that tells me and gives me a sound basis of my accusations,” said Hewett.
Hewett says the proof of racism in Brunswick County is in the numbers.
“I have proof that there was no major black contractors into the stimulus money funds or there was no EEOC plan in this county,” said Hewett.
Charles Warren, the only black member of the Brunswick County Commission, has also made similar allegations of racism against fellow commissioners
“I do feel for Mr. Warren,” said Hewett. “If you pull the minutes from county commissioner meetings, no matter what comes up, it's always a 4-1 vote. Everybody votes against him.”
Earlier this month, Warren filed a report with the Sheriff's Office claiming he was harassed by commissioners as well as by sheriff's deputies. After investigating, the sheriff's office said the claims were unfounded.
“The investigation was done by the sheriff's department,” said Hewett. “If my complaint is against the sheriff's department and they do the investigation, it's going to be very hard to find anything wrong.”
Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says Hewett's allegations involving Warren's investigation are over the top.
“We have investigated a number of investigations into the deputies' behaviors or misconduct of deputies,” said Ingram. “For Mr. Hewett to say we're investigating deputies unnaturally and that we're not going to find anything is completely ridiculous.”
We called members of the County Commission and County Manager Marty Lawing about Hewett's accusations, but they have not returned our calls.