WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Ben McCoy, who is a vocal supporter of New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger, left this comment on the StarNews website this afternoon:
Berger completely owns the fact that he didn't show up to court. He completely owns some of the ridiculous incidents that have occurred in his personal life. But it can't be just me who thinks that all of this is so far out of proportion it's unbelievable. Sending black SUVs to his home to escort him in handcuffs? Isn't a bench warrant usually issued for failure to appear? I've never seen anything like this in my life. All because, as a community leader, he decided to attend a meeting where his girlfriend happened to be - and he had no idea?
It shouldn't matter your personal opinion of Berger - you should be able to apply the same standard if this was a member of your own family. If your husband/wife/daughter/son had a protection order against them, and went to a meeting where in sheer coincidence that defies logic, the very person they were not allowed to be around happened to be there - would you support such a dramatic and absurd witch hunt? Berger's got issues - no one is arguing against that - but is he really a "danger" to society? Is this proportionate to the response to others in similar situations? I say absolutely not. And that should concern every intellectually honest citizen out there.