THE RANT: Leland should take a lesson from East Spencer

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY'S "THE RANT") -- Have you heard yet about the two firefighters in East Spencer who shocked a junior firefighter nine times with a stun gun during a department Christmas party?

According to the Salisbury Post, investigators say Acting Fire Chief Shane Cranfield and Assistant Fire Chief Allen Carlyle borrowed the Taser from on-duty police officer James Lambeth at the party.

Lambeth will be charged with misdemeanor failure to discharge duty. He resigned December 15. Cranfield, 37, and Carlyle, 29, will also be charged with misdemeanor assault.

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Sort of like when Leland Police Officer Sherry Lewis was shot between the legs with simulated ammunition during a training exercise last February. She says the department's upper management instructed Officer Michael Landen to shoot her there all day. She says she was shot at least 12 times.

As of today, the Town of Leland will not confirm disciplining anyone for the shooting. Lewis filed an EEOC complaint and won a $25,000 settlement. Immediately after announcing the details of the settlement at a town council meeting, former Town Manager Bill Farris tried to deny the allegations and told us he didn't even know if there was a shooting.

I would venture to guess getting shot in the private parts with simulated bullets is at least as painful, if not MORE, than getting Tased nine times. So if the two people involved in the Tasing are being charged with assault, and mind you this was at a Christmas party, why aren't the officers who ordered Sherry Lewis shot while on-duty during an exercise being allowed to even still have a job?

The leaders of Leland, both old and new, should look to East Spencer and Rowan County as an example of how real leaders handle town employees who cross the line.

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Help me to understand what happened to Sherry Lewis, She got shot between the legs 12 times. What I can not understand, if I got shot the first time the next shots would hit me in the butt, because I would be running or at least turn my back to them. Don't you think?
I would be to smart to stand there and be shot over and over again in the same place. I would say to my self (self) you need to turn around or run or something. Just my thoughts!!!!!!!!!

So lets let these felons go!! Let's let them all go! Heck lets let morons like the one who posted this trash run a city. Were you there dumb person? Nope then it's best you shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........before Blue tells on you! Say's who? Say's Kblue!

These new pictures on this site are so funny.

http://fixlelandpolice.blogspot.com/2012/01/dellapia.html

Slick Rick's wife who is also an employee of the Wilmington Police. She also wrote on this board at some point in defense of her husband's integrity and wanting to protect the image her children have of her and her husband. Looks like when the kids go to sleep, DellaPia comes out to play.

Keep up the good work, Fix Leland. You are headed in the right direction to put an end to this mess.

Biggest lesson I got from this is for the town of Leland to never, EVER allow a member of the police force to release their stun gun to an Acting Fire Chief OR an Assistant Fire Chief. Hell, let us broaden that lesson a little. Never, ever allow a police officer (on or off duty) to release their stun gun to a civilian.

That IS the lesson, right? It couldn't be anything like trying to associate the incident in East Spencer with with the issues in Leland could it? That would be mighty thin...reaching even. Some might even say it's a pathetic attempt to keep a story alive when there is nothing real to report. Here's a suggestion, look into the former Assistant Town Manager and her past history. Pretty sure there is a story there unless this station is protecting somthing.

I do agree though...the town of Leland, Brunswick County, Wilmington, New Hanover County...any municipality should look at East Spencer and Rowan County as an example of what to do should an officer lend his stun gun to a civilian.

The lesson is what leadership is and what open government is and until the mentality of those in charge; past, present and future change everything will remain dysfunctional. It is time for someone to have a backbone, be open and honest and take a stand. If those in charge in Leland want to claim their roles then they need to stand up and be leaders.

I heard the SBI is doing the investigation, not that one was really needed in the case of Sherry Lewis.

Common sense should have won out, and discipline issued to the culprits.

I'm not sure who or what agency investigated the Highway Patrol, but they got to the bottom of it fairly quickly.

Leaders of Leland need to know that residents want professional officers and Chief. And we want an open government, responsive to the people and their concerns when things occur and nothing is explained.

Hopefully we'll get a "New Leland", and leave the past reputation of rednecks, hillbillies etc behind.

But of the officers I've met, I haven't encountered any "bad apples" and have always been treated with the respect I've shown them.

I haven't met the Chief though.

You have probably met the fairly normal guys that do their work and don't try and rate every woman they see. (They are not real prizes either) If and when you do meet Jain look deep into his eyes and you will see the lying, thiefing, bastard he really is. Snake in the grass is to good of a comment for him. Of course when you really do need his help don't be shocked when he dosen't return your phone calls or blows you off. Just saying!

I'm not saying the leland case was right but being tased at a party by someone is a lot different than being somewhat maliciously/specially targeted during an excercise.

This is still the south. Backwards and redneck. There is a good ol' boy system in place. If you're part of it, then you're fine. If you're not part of it, then you might as well pack up and go somewhere else. It's time to crush it.

yep, it is the south...i am from here and no i wasn't raised backwards or redneck. I was taught "an eye for an eye". The officers involved should be lined up and shot in the crotch...then taken into the greenswamp for some old fashioned butt whippin' and left!

I think it starts with that so-called District Attorney...Im pretty sure he has the power to punish...

Finally, your're right WWAY, "The leaders of Leland, both old and new, should look to East Spencer and Rowan County as an example of how REAL LEADERS handle town employees who cross the line".

This is why I would recommend any person thinking about a law enforcment career to go Federal. It is the only chance you have to surround yourself with some decent people.

Most federal agencies prefer some local law enforcement experience before hiring. And with how long it takes to go through the federal hiring process, you better have a job in the meantime. Don't forget the maximum age limit and education requirements as well.