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ONLY ON 3: Leland cop hits driver, other officers ruin investigation

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EDITOR'S NOTE: As an isolated incident, we understand that this story does not rise to the level of a major news story. However, as we continue to investigate allegations of misconduct and corruption inside the Leland Police Department, we feel that it's another example that paints a picture of significant problems within the department.

LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- It doesn't happen very often, but it can happen; a police officer is involved in an accident. It happened back in August to Lt. Rick Dellapia of the Leland Police Department.

According to an accident report by the Highway Patrol, Dellapia was on Village Road trying to take a left into the Citgo from the right hand lane, when he clipped another driver who was in the left hand lane turning left. The report says Dellapia was driving a brand new unmarked 2011 Chevy.

The driver, who wishes to keep her name out of the media, says Dellapia jumped out of his vehicle saying he was sorry, asking if she was okay, and saying he didn't see her making the left.

She says about half a mile down sat an unmarked LPD Charger who saw the wreck. She says that officer came to the scene and while she was trying to call a friend to let them know about the fender-bender, started asking her questions like, "Don't you think you were speeding?" She answered that if he was clocking her, he should tell her how fast she was going making the left hand turn. He replied that he didn't have his radar gun out, but knew she was speeding.

Then she says while she was on the phone with a friend, one of the Leland officers got in her car without her permission and moved it into a parking lot.

The driver tells us so many officers showed up on the scene and crowded around her she felt very uncomfortable.

The Highway Patrol was eventually called in to write up the wreck, but the investigating trooper says in the report because the car was moved, because of conflicting statements and a lack of evidence, he was, "unable to determine the sequence or contributing circumstances for the collision." The driver claims most cops know that moving a car after an accident can make it very difficult to figure out who's at fault.

We've put in a call to the Leland Police Department for a comment. So far they have not returned our call.

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citgo wreck on village rd

Here we go again.Now we have a MOVER,not just a SHOOTER,doing probably what Lt. Delipia told him to do..move the veh so to taint the scene. Ofcr. Landon better start thinking for himself before good ole friend Lt. D. gets him fired, oh rats, forgot! Ofcr L is just a puppet on a string for Lt. D's dirty work. He doesn,t have a brain! All ofcrs knows better than to move a veh involved in a wreck. LPD should never investigate their own wrecks. NCSHP should have been called immediately. Lets get the BCSO to investigate the unethical, immoral actions unbecoming a law officer, direlection of duty,discrimmination against females,backdoor politics..and let them turn their findings over to the SBI for criminal charges, if found.

I've said this time and time again

When you step out of your car to have any dealings with police, LOCK YOUR CAR. It will be no inconvenience to officers if they have a legitimate, court-sanctioned justification to search your car, but it stops backup officers from entering the vehicle and snooping.

Just the facts ma'am

First, let me say that I have lived in Brunswick county for over 7 years.

During this time, any contact with County Deputies and Leland Officers have been professional and cordial.

I believe in giving someone the benefit of the doubt regardless of some of the episodes I've heard or read in the postings here.

Working in Law Enforcement is a job that has to have alot of stress and pressure. It's also a job many of us wouldn't do if they paid 10 times what these guys are getting.

Try to imagine, leaving home to go to work, and knowing everyday there is a chance of being killed. Yet, these men and women do just that, everyday.

It's easy to kick people when they're down, but these men put their lives on the line every day, for us the public, and I'm ashamed that many citizens feel the Police are janitors there to clean up their messes.

All I'm saying is this, if you have a problem with Officers or Deputies in Leland or Brunswick County, file a formal complaint. Get it on the record, and for everyone's sake, be truthful and accurate in your complaint.

Don't character assassinate all these people for one bad apple, when they are trying to Protect and Serve. And especially don't do it from behind a computer, anonymously.

I would like to thank the men and women of all departments of law enforcement for their courage and fortitude in doing a job well.

And remember, the slurs and cursing people throw at the officers, are really brought on us for becoming irritable, impatient, and at that particular moment, hostile ankle biters.

If there needs to be a complaint made, THEN MAKE IT.

Otherwise, realize these people are human, not perfect, and sometimes have a bad bedside manner. But, "THEY ARE HERE FOR US" rain or shine.

It's kinda funny, citizens raise Cain at the cops, but the cops would take a bullet meant for us any day.

These Officers and their family's, are welcomed additions to communities and we appreciate them very much.

Please have an independent, through, and professional assessment done, and if firings are needed, so be it. However, there may be some officers that could use a little additional training in dealing with the public.

But don't paint them all with the same brush.

Thanks LEO, keep up the good work your doing.

Complaint

I agree with you, file the complaint and get it on the record. The problem, once you do that, nothing will get done. The District Attorney won't investigate. The Brunswick Sheriff will tell you that have no jurisdiction in Leland. The SBI will tell you they can't do anything until they are invited in.

Hence, the only course of action is win the lottery and be able to afford and attorney or get on here and hope that one day someone with some pull will read the posts and do something.

Other than that, business will continue as usual in Leland.

you give a good talk on

you give a good talk on here, but you have to remember, where there is smoke, there is fire. i know. been one for 25 years. you dont have a clue if you are not in law enforcement. wake up and smell the smoke from the fire Mr. Friday.

additional facts

I'm sorry for defending officers against malicious gossip. Because until it is put on paper, that's just what it is.

If Officer A thinks that he is above the law, and bullies citizens, and treats them with disrespect, until something is put on paper, he will get away with it.

As for the smoke and fire thing, that may be. But an officer can't hide when complaints add up on paper. Superiors won't defend Officer A if he has 25 complaints on paper against him.

I don't have to have a "clue" because I haven't been in law enforcement for 25 years.

I can read, and so can Police Chiefs, and County Sheriffs and District Attorneys. And if they read 25 complaints against an Officer, they will deal with them quickly.

Because no one wants to get sued for having kept a problem Officer on payroll when the department is well aware of the problem.

Fairness doesn't require 25 years of law enforcement service. It only requires that you listen to the FACTS, and make a decision on the truth, not hushed gossip at the waffle hut.

If someone is alleging unfair treatment by police, if they do not file a written complaint, or offer other evidence, I'll have trouble believing them.

When we get to the point of people losing their jobs because of gossip, then God help us all.

So far from the truth

What about the 24 people before they started to complain? There complaints went washed away. where is there justice? How many complaints were not made during that period of 24 complaints because they saw the results? So many untold complaints.

Just the facts ma'am???

You are either in law enforcement.... the family member of law enforcement.... or really in denial.... You cannot assume that the person in this article hasn't filed a report or complaint.... the did not name names in this article.... this was just another article talking about shady dealings with the local law enforcement.... after Sheriff Hewitt, you should not be surprised that there might be some bad blood in the legal department..... Oh!!!! I get it.... you must be the former sheriff sticking up for your friends!!!

All reports that I ever filed in Leland and Brunswick county was NEVER filed by the law enforcement officer taking the report... I always had to go to the magistrate and file my own reports to see anything get done. I lived in Leland for 5 years while my ex-husband harassed me.

I moved out of Leland and Brunswick County due to the incompetent dealings I had with both agencies.... neither was able to keep me safe from a ex-husband who daily broke into my house.... daily called and harassed me.... daily followed me and my friends..... I moved back to Wilmington to where the cops actually write reports and do their jobs!!!

Leland PD Seems Shady

This is a typical incident for the Leland PD. However, before you condemn the Leland PD, take a close look at their twins in the Wilmington PD. They are very similar in how they behave, respond to accidents, raft up at traffic stops, and the crass trashy way they treat the public. Although the Brunswick Sheriff's Dept. and New Hanover County Sheriff's Dept. are generally first class protectors of the public, the Wilmington PD is a larger menace than the Leland PD.

FILM LELAND PD

video tape them, as long as you are a reasonable distance it's legal. Been done in other states and was completely legal as long as you are NOT interfering with their investigation of criminal activity.
I have a dash cam on my personal truck and a side camera pointing to the drivers door also, best protection in case of a difference of opnion. When someone is notified they are being taped it changes their perspective greatly. If you see something wrong tape it and then send it to WWAY, they will know what to do with it.

http://justanothercoverup.com/politics/we-can-now-legally-film-the-polic...

Sept 1, 2011 First Circuit Court Of Appeals rules it is legal to film Police and Public Officals

ILM NATIVE

What kind of people ride with you that makes you feel you need to tape them?

ILM is a joke

He claims to have been a sheriff for so many years and got out because of corruption but he's full of crap. He has had numerous run ins with the law over the last 25 years which I guess makes him feel like he knows the law. That's why he's got such a hard-on to slam every cop he can and is paranoid enough to have video cameras all over his vehicle. Oh and ILM, I DO know who you....

What is goose is good for the gander!

Hey Rick did your boy Sergeant "Cry Baby" not move the car fast enough? This is the funniest thing since the "Rocky Balboa" comment! I LMAO! What goes around comes around huh Rick? You can't hide forever. You might want to come clean now Ricky and save what is left of your sorded career.

Sounds like they might have

Sounds like they might have a lot in common with the Wrightsville Beach Police! LOL

Leland's Finest

This was originally sent to another local media source several months ago, who chose not to mention it. The name has been taken off, but it originally was signed by the individual who sent the email. I felt it needed to be seen...

The following is an email that I sent to the lieutenant of the Leland PD as well as the mayor and the town council members. This is not the way you treat tourists.

Just had a run in with one of your officers. I was at my sisters house in waterford. Myself and my seven year old daughter were on our way out of the neighborhood when we came to a four way stop. At this stop was a bunch of police doing something. I like anyone else was curious about what was going on so after I came to a complete stop I slowly drove through the intersection looking to see what was going on. One of the officers said something like, keep driving or look at the road, or something like that. I said back, and you can quote me, " I know how to drive. I'm not a dumbass." Now before I go any further with the story, have you guys ever heard of FREEDOM OF SPEECH? If not then you might want to google it.

Now back to the story. I preceded to the intersection at hwy 17. My wife was in her car directly behind me. I got in the right lane and she pulled up beside me in the left lane. We were talking when your officer came FLYING up behind me. Now why he felt it necessary to drive that fast through a neighborhood to catch me is something you need to talk with him about. The light turned green and I told her to go on. She did and is not involved in the rest of this. Now at this point I am getting pissed off that a cop is stopping my for cussing in my own car while driving down the road so i'm not sure what happened next step for step. But here's the general incident.

Your officer told me to turn off the vehicle which I did. He asked me for my license and registration. I informed him that I had a loaded handgun between my passenger seat and my center console. It was clearly visible. He said ok, I need your license and registration. I told him I wasn't going to reach over my gun to get my registration out of the glove box. He told me to get my registration so I did. Then he starts telling me that using profanity in public is disorderly conduct. Are you kidding me? Have you people lost your minds!!!!!!!!? Once again, FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!! Google it.

So now he has my information and is going on about disorderly conduct. I told him to do what he needs to do. Now I meant for him to shut his mouth and go write me a ticket. He told me to step out of the car. I did. So now i'm getting pushed on the passenger fender of his patrol car and i'm getting handcuffed. As my 7 year old daughter watches. So now she's getting out of the car absolutely crying her eyes out as she watches her daddy get put in the back seat of a patrol car. Are you kidding me? I asked your officer if he had to do this in front of my daughter. He told me he was gonna do what he had to do. So he locked me in the back seat of his patrol car. He then went to my car and talked to my daughter. He came back and said that she was the only reason I wasn't going to jail. WHAT? For saying dumbass? In my car? While driving down the street? FREEDOM OF *&%*&% SPEECH!!!!!!!!!!! Google it. By now there are four cop cars surrounding my car.

To finish the story, I got my gun back and was told to think before I speak. I respect you guys and I thank you for what you do. I teach my child to respect the law and that if she's ever in trouble to find a policeman. After this was over I had to tell her that your officer was being an *&%*&% and that he had no right to do what he did. I almost wish that he had taken me to jail. That would have been a really good lawsuit. First amendment? Freedom of speech? Any of this ring a bell? And if it really is possible for someone to get arrested for saying dumbass in your jurisdiction, then my address {DELETED} Issue a warrant and come get me. Cause your officer, is an *&%*&%!

Two questions

First, how do you know that he heard EXACTLY what you said? Suppose all he heard was "mumble mumble dumbass?" Can you see how you might have played your part in this little endeavor?

Second, if your seven year-old daughter was in the car with you, why would you even use that terminology. How are you going to feel when you hear her calling one of her friends a dumbass?

Here's some advice from a guy with a lot of years under his belt: It NEVER pays to be a wise guy when you're dealing with the police. Challenge their authority and you are going to lose. It may simply be lost time, such as this incident, but you will NEVER come out on top acting like an ass. You told him to do what he had to do and I'm sure it was in a tone of voice that made him do what he COULD do, to teach you a lesson.

Police deal with scum all day long. They neither need nor appreciate regular, normal citizens wising off to them.

That is some straight up advice and well recited, but...

we unfortunatley have numbskull idiots in this world that let their interpretation of "rights" override ANY type of commonsensical behavior and judgement. This fellow you responded to portrays himself as an out-of-control, self-serving jerk that finds it appropriate to push the limit to authority, even while in front of his seven year old daughter. I'm surprised he had the audacity to tell this story to the public. We all make mistakes, but we're supposed to learn from them, not BRAG about them.

This fellow is living proof that, "You just can't fix stupid!"

Officer's Name Please

Sounds like you ran up on Tim Jayne's command staff - the LPD Thug Unit. There's at least eight people out of their 30 man department that has no business being a cop and most of them will hopefully serve time for abusing their positions.

If you have the officer's name(s), or dates and time, please email me at stoplelandcorruption@yahoo.com.

YOU Google it

Profanity is not protected by the First Amendment. YOU Google it.

Actually

I don't need to Google it...ALL speech is protected under the First...you might get hassled for saying it...but you can say anything you want.

Uh, hello?

So if you realize that you might get hassled for using profanity then WHAT were you complaining about with this irrelevant point? No, I think you got treated exactly how any other stupid tourist not from this area should be treated. Whatever was going on was a police matter and they didn't need some nosy gawker's help at the scene. I guess you still haven't learned your lesson on when to MOVE ON. Go ahead. Resist getting the last word in. It will not make you any less wrong.

Profanity

"Ass" is not profanity. It is another word for a burro or a donkey, you dumb ass.

Lost my support

Way to go, WWAY. You had my support until you allowed C-Man to call another poster a name to only prove his UNFOUNDED point.

Definition of Profanity

"Ass" most certainly is a profane word if used in context as such. Most vulgar words in American English have origins that are NOT profane or obscene. Have you never heard of words being bastardized? Really? Aside from that ignorant defense, do some research on the 1st Amendment if you are going to cite it. Clearly, the utterance was meant to disrupt the peace and hinder an officer from his duty. I have many, many issues with the LPD, but, you, sir, are a MORON. News flash: No media outlet responded to your e-mail because your "tip" lacks merit for an article, much less space on this blog.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/remember-profanity-isnt-always-prote...

lpd

first of all, when you rubber neck or part of the oohh -aaah squad, you cause wrecks and get into police business that is none of your business. you should look where u r going.why dont you google cops hit by drivers on side of road!!! also freedom of speech does not include fighting words or shouting fire in a crowded theater. in NC it is against the law for someone to use profane language in public in front of 2 or more people in which you did. teach your child good words not curse words. tend to your business and not what the police is doing when you are not directly involved. now as far as him stopping you, i would have to, but would have wrote the citation on dis. ordely conduct and let you go to court and you tell the judge to google it!! he was wrong for handcuffing you and then un arresting you so to speak. he should have taken your dumb@#$ to jail . then next time you would have kept your nose out of police business. when you see something with police on side of the road, keep moving and quit off his situation. sound like you were looking for trouble and found it!!!

They already know that!!

They already know they are dumb@@@es that is why they became police in the first place, the could not do anything else. The have been picked on there whole life so they go get the easiest certification there is to obtain and now feel they are on top of the world. When they are still the same dumb@@@es they have always been.

Leland PD

You must either work for the Leland PD or you are the wife/mother of one of its officers.

Image is everything

This is the type of mind set and behavior that is causing the problems in Leland now. The damage is done. The police department has lost the confidence with the citizens it serves. Wrong doing is no longer an issue. The most important thing to do now is to regain the trust of the public. First I would like to say there are always two sides of a story, I don’t have any more information that what is being reported, however, I am a sworn police officer with 25 years of full-time experience. I have worked every position in law enforcement from the grunt that took all the unwanted calls to being the Chief of Police. Unfortunately law enforcement is no long above question. I say unfortunately because there was a point and time that a police officer could cross the line for the greater of good and it was tolerated because it was not self-serving. However, too many officers have tarnished the reputation of law enforcement and have caused a serious breach of trust of the public. If we continue, I honestly foresee the day we are supervised by a board of civilians. The mind set of the thoughts being posted surely agree with this thought. I and the rest of the people reading these posts know that many of the comments being posted are from law enforcement and I speculate most are from Leland Police Officers. Don’t get me wrong, I would do anything to help you in the line of duty, but I do not share the philosophy that law enforcement can act without an explanation. There are times we do not disclose information: due to confidentiality of sources of information, to ensure a successful investigation, or to prevent panic. However, none of these reasons are self-serving and in most cases the information is later disclosed once it’s no long vital.

Calling a police officer a dumb ass does not constitute disorderly conduct. Here are a few facts a lot of us forget. We get paid to be criticized, called names and to be lied too. It’s not new and it’s always been this way. If you can’t take it go home! For those who feel it is a crime, make the arrest. I promise 75% will not make it past the magistrate and the rest would be dismissed by the DA or found not guilty by a Judge. If the story posted is the truth, I guarantee you that is the reason the person was not charged and release from custody.

Once again, there are two sides of the story. I know several Leland Police Officers and I highly admire them. I pray that none of the accusations are true and I honestly believe that this situation in general is blown out of proportion, but the truth is that the public has lost its confidence in the police department. There is no other fix to this situation other than a major change in leadership. The Police Chief is ultimately responsible for his department’s actions and most importantly the reputation of his department. Good men, good officers, will also pay the price with their jobs and some with their careers, but it could have been avoided. There is no way this situation developed over night.

I know by posting my opinion that many will say that I have betrayed our profession, but I say I still remember the oath I swore to.

Given the actions of the Leland PD as of late

I would question just about any action they take. Also Last time I checked we lived in a free country not a police state. Remember Barney Fife my bloody paycheck taxes pay your salary buddy ultimately you work for the citizens of this county or wherever you work. Now that being said I have family who have been police officers and military and I have served in Emergency Services myself (as well as an SPO with full police power back in the mid 90s). MOST officers are hard working guys and gals who really are underpaid and underappreciated. That however doesnt give any officer the right to be a thug and abuse his power and threaten the same people who write his paychecks ultimately. There has been a prevasive issue of police abuse of power and harassment by the Leland PD by several officers and despite complaints nothing is done. The Chief of the Leland PD has zero control of his officers or he is tacitly approving of the officers actions which either way amounts to cause for termination. The moving of the subjects car amounted to tampering with evidence or obstruction of justice potentially but above all he LIED to sworn State Police officer which in itself is a crime because had he told the truth obviously there would have been no issues creating the problem of indeterminant cause. And the thuggish intimidation by the other officers was unacceptable. 1st off the only other officer besides the one involved in the traffic crash should have been the on duty supervisor (who may or may not have been present for all we know) not 4 other officers who all came to their buddies rescue to try and cover up what was obviously an at fault accident by the officer who struck the civilian vehicle and for the other officer to who was not a witness to start verbally accosting her and accusing her of speeding when he was not actively running radar and supposed could see her speed but yet didnt witness the accident (you cant see one but not the other unless you got selective sight issues). Yet another example of unprofessionalism by the Leland Police Dept. Its sad Id almost say we the citizens of Leland would be better shuttering the PD and handing things back over the County Sheriff and State PD with a mutual aide agreement with Navassa PD then to continue with the status quo

How is "dumbass" profanity

How is "dumbass" profanity in the first place?