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ONLY ON 3: Leland police officer shot in groin with training bullets wins harassment complaint against department

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- We have learned that a Leland police officer recently filed a harassment charge against the police department - and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in her favor late last week.

Multiple sources tell us Sherry Lewis was shot in the private area multiple times with training simulation ammunition by fellow officers.

Her attorney says she was injured by the shots.

Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne referred our calls to Town Manager Bill Farris.

We called Farris and he told us he couldn't comment on the story.

The Leland Town Council is scheduled to discuss the matter at their Thursday meeting.

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Leland Police Chief

How can the Leland Police Chief run a department when he can't behave himself at a Little League baseball game?

Come on....

Ok first off these police officers put their life at risk everyday to protect you and all you guys can do is say bad things about them. Enough with all the name calling. Anyone ever think that maybe this officer should be glad that it happened during a training session and not in real life or she could be dead. Its clear she needs more training if she keeps getting shot! (regardless where it is that she is being shot) besides if I was going to shoot a female with paintball or what ever they use it wouldn’t be in the "privite area" it would be the breast so come on is this really harassment or someone that sucks at their job and wants a nice payday?

Don't Take it Personal

Coming from a woman, I disagree! If this were a real situation and a female criminal was holding a weapon down low (near privates), I would hope that officers wouldn't be hesitant to shoot at the weapon or the person if they were threatened, which is usually instinct. Sounds like this was a good training exercise that was just blown out of proportion because someone took it 'personally'.
It seems to me that no one looks at the good things that Leland and other police depts do for the community that is not even in their job description PLUS protecting and serving!!
I don't understand why people are so quick to judge and add negative comments (that are totally opinionated) and no one gives appreciation where it is due!
Just think...the officers will continue to protect and serve...even to those that are making the negative comments. Doesn't seem quite fair to me!

This act of stupidity

This act of stupidity doesn't surprise me. I can tell you for sure that one single cop wasn't involved because these jerks in the LPD can't do anything alone. Has anyone ever saw one of these jerks pull anyone over alone. It takes two and three to make a simple traffic stop. I was with my son when he was pulled for illegal tint on his windows ( FACTORY TINT) I may add and it took two officers in cars, one on a motorcycle, and one K-9 unit to write a simple warning ticket. I hope when the FBI and SBI get through with the investigation the entire bunch of crooks will be fired.I've known Officer Lewis for many years and she doesn't deserve this kind of harassment from those bunch of jerks

When is the Chief going to

When is the Chief going to man-up, take responsibility for the actions of the officers under him & resign! He knew these actions were going on and did nothing to stop it! Heads should roll!!!!!

FYI - EVERYONE IN THIS TOWN

FYI - EVERYONE IN THIS TOWN KNOWS THAT WHEN THE TOWN COUNCIL HIRED MR. JAYNE FOR THE POSITION OF CHIEF OF POLICE, THAT HE HAD TOLD THEM OUT FRONT THAT HE WAS ONLY HERE FOR 5 YEARS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. NOW ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAN DOESN'T GIVE A #$%^ ABOUT THIS TOWN OR THE PEOPLE LIVING IN IT. WHEN YOU HAVE A CORRUPT POLICE CHIEF-WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE OFFICERS THAT FOLLOW IN HIS FOOT STEPS. WHO DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS, ONE OF THE MOFIA, LOCAL RUMOR HAS IT THAT HE PUT OUT A HITLIST ON ANY OF HIS OFFICERS FOR DISMISSAL THAT DIDNT SNIFF HIS &^%.

Observation

Professional law enforcement agencies recognize Leland PD for what it is "out of control cowboys"!

I had to stop and think

for a minute. Shot in the "private area". I thought, what is this, a private shooting gallery? Then the lights came on.

I've heard of and witnessed stupid acts before. But given the training an officer must undergo to receive certification, this one tops the list.

This even exceeds Frog cutting off his GPS monitor; and I thought that was about as dumb as it gets.

Realizing there may be a suit for damages, and any action, prior to that suit's resolution, may impact the results, the officers involved have to go. For that matter, the range supervisor must go; and the Chief must go as it appears he took no action after the incident -- at least none that has made it to the media.

If that means the entire force is decimated, so be it. Get the Governor to send some Troopers down to maintain order until a new Chief and batch of officers can be hired.

It takes a lot to shock me. I'm shocked.

It's not just the police Dept

It's not just the police Dept. The entire town administration thinks they are above the law-they constantly are covering up things. I am sure there are more to come. Just wait and see it takes the EEOC a while to complete their investigations so who knows what else has gone on in the last couple of years.

Mrs. Lewis did not deserve

Mrs. Lewis did not deserve this! And residence of Leland do not deserve crooked cops like these guys! I don't understand why they are not behind bars themselves! Why do they get away with acting like this and acting like this everyday. She was the best thing but yet this happened to her
...sexiest, worthless people serving our community!

CORRUPT, CORRUPT, AND

CORRUPT, CORRUPT, AND CORRUPT.

ignorance

officer lewis is one of the best things that has ever happend to leland, if you ask me i think it was done out of jelousy and ignorance, they should all be fired and as for mrs.lewis she should be very well compensated.

Not surprised...

I can honestly say that I am not surprised by their behavior. It's not only accepted in their department, but encouraged. I live in Leland and have been a crime victim. The department did nothing to help me. The officers weren't even pleasant and I was just an innocent victim. Sorry to pull you away from your meetup at the Citgo, boys, but I needed help. It took a few weeks before my family felt safe in our own home after that. I mean, if you can't call the police, who do you call??

Call the Sheriff's Office

To answer your question.... just call the Sheriff's Office for help. You live in the county too you know.

Could it be?

Could it be that the Tabor City Water has reached Leland and Wilmington?
What the hay is going on? Tell those cops to come on to Tabor, they can get a job here. The more idiots the better.

i'm an orlando fla. resident

i'm an orlando fla. resident with a daughter who lives in leland...she sent me this article and i have a comment...is this a buford t justice town?

We'll keep our horse playing cops...

and you keep you keep Casey Anthony, the Prosecutor and her jury. Deal? For that matter, you guys still letting 17 year olds play doctor in your hospitals?

Appalling.........

Am I really reading this correctly? I'm sorry, firing them is too good for them.

Tim,Rick,Josh,Mike!

The reason things like this happens, is because they (The Chief, Rick, Josh, Mike, and others) have ran all the good officers they had there off. By lying about other officer and saying they did things that they didnt. This is just another "good" officer that has been done with way! Im sure you will find out that that one of the officers that did the shooting was named mike, and rick did nothing but laugh if not instigate them to do it more! The ones that I have named need to be let go, and be investigated by training and standards.... Leland act quick and get these people out of there!

the Chief should be the

the Chief should be the first to go. all thats is going on is under HIS watch....... He is letting all of this and other things go on and does not do a dam thing about it.....he should go to work at walmarts but please walmart take him to wilmington we dont need him here in leland....there are good police officers in leland but when you have a socalled CHIEF that does not care about his people. so lets get someone whos know how to run a police department. By the way does anyone know where he worked before?????? Boy how lucky they are...it is what it is.....a real mess....thank you Chief 4 what you have not done 4 our town......

What about the rest?

What about Karl and of course don't forget the wonderful Bill? You are right about the master minds (or the the lack there of) and the masters of deceit Tim and Rick! Being a "Badge Bully" is everything! There still is a great base of officers that really do care for the citizens of Leland.

Putting the "juvenile" in law enforcement....

Fire them. Fire them all...

Any officer who participated in the act, or simply stood their and laughed at Officer Lewis, should be fired.

Law enforcement training, especially weapons training, isn't the place for this type of childish behavior.

What's the police chief going to say when one of these officers pops a cap in a fleeing drug dealer one night? "Well, he scored high on the weapons course for crotch shots..."

Fire them all. They will be an embarrassment to the town and the police force.

Doesn't surprise me

Leland PD is generally racist and masoginist. Theyve harassed people I know who have zero criminal record but simply because of the car they drive. It's unacceptable the continued actions among the Leland PD sadly the few good cops are out numbered by the bullies with badges to include the police chief himself. The public of Leland generally know it. They walk into Pop Shoppe with attitudes and have even accused workers of selling drugs with no proof (that's called slander donut muncher!!!!) it's sad because I do know plenty of hardworking honest sheriffs deputies and police in the area but LPDs are few and far between.

These are the thugs that are

These are the thugs that are out there supposedly protecting you, and they wonder why they get no respect..they are worse than the criminals. My personal opnion ALL cops suck.

LAPD

They have been going downhill for some time now. The BCSO and other neighboring agencies do not get along with Leland PD because they have a terrible reputation. Some of the supervisors there left old departments because they couldn't get promoted. So, Leland took them and promoted them - without cause. Is really not surprising, I knew eventually the true colors of this department would come out. They need to realize its a small town, with good people and a police force who is starting to look exactly like Wrightsville Beach PD. Not good for the growth of Lelands current and future residents. I hope the chief takes the correct action, however, I know that probably won't be the case.

Amen! Sadly true!

Amen! Sadly true!

Really?

All cops suck? In case of emergency, you should call the nearest crackhead for help.

Wow

My daughter was recently hired on by the Leland police department. This really upsets me.

Humm

This is Kim G and I just received a call from my daughter that works for LPD. She brought to my attention the post above. Since she is the only female Officer I assume they were speaking of her .... I do not know what is going on or if there is even any truth to all this but I'd appreciate it when you post don't pretend to be me. Thanks

Media is always one sided

Please do not believe everything you hear and read in the media...usually it is one sided.