WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Leland police officers are off the clock tonight after a fight in downtown Wilmington this weekend. Wilmington Police cited the officers with misdemeanor affray.
One witness, who served as a military police officer, says the officers were asking for trouble.
Eric Glocke is a bouncer at a bar downtown. He says he saw Leland police officers Brandon Crain and Andrew Correll seek out multiple fights early Saturday morning. The first was with a group of Marines that Glocke says wanted nothing to do with the drama.
“A group of Marines actually tried to stop and talk and say, ‘Hey, nothing’s wrong. We’re walking away. Calm down. Let’s all have a good night,’ etc, etc., and they still pressed on actually walking up the street to sidebar trying to confront them,” Glocke said.
Later, Glocke says he saw the officers and other men again trying to start a fight with another group.
“We see three of the guys from the group prior going across the street yelling. Not at each other; across the street just eyes fixed going straight beeline,” Glocke said.
Glocke says the group did not stop fighting until Wilmington Police broke it up. He says that is no way to represent our community.
“Not only are you misrepresenting your station, being a total embarrassment to the human race, you’re going to go out with a bigger group and pick on people that are smaller than you and are trying to walk away from the fight?” Glocke said. “Well done. Way to represent.”
Glocke says a bouncer at City Limits said the officers were kicked out of that bar earlier in the night for trying to start a fight.
Both Correll and Crain, who were hired last year, have been suspended without pay while the Leland Police Department investigates what happened.