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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested WWAY News Director Scott Pickey for traffic offenses during the MLK Day Parade in downtown Wilmington.

During the parade, which started at noon on Front Street, police would not allow WWAY employees to leave the station’s parking lot to get to news coverage. After a reporter was forced to wait for an extended time and told he’d have to wait for the entire parade, which ended after 2 p.m., Pickey asked officers again to allow the reporter to leave during one of the frequent breaks in the parade. Officers refused to allow this or contact a supervisor for permission.

When Pickey got in the car and drove out of the parking lot during another break in the parade, police arrested him.

He’s been charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless operation. Pickey was released from jail under $1,000 unsecured bond. He is due in court February 28.

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2015 years 10 months ago

This was a completely different situation than a parade that is on the weekend when the most people don’t have to go to and from work. Choosing to move this parade to Front Street on a weekday and forcing everyone who lives or works along that route to be locked in their parking lot for 2-3 hours was flat-out stupidity. Yes it was MLK Day, but unless you are a government employee you most likely had to work yesterday.

Plain and simple, people have the RIGHT to do their jobs, In the case of WWAY, that means leaving at a moments notice to cover a breaking story. There’s no reason WPD could not have let him cross the street when it was clearly safe. The streets are closed during parades to prevent needless traffic on the roads, not to bring a business to a screeching halt when a reasonable accommodation can be made for them. As a taxpaying citizen, Scott has every right to use a public street…especially when he has a job to do. Maybe these “public servants” aka WPD officers should be charged with unduly hindering a lawfully operating business and interfering with Scott’s right to make a living doing an honest job. Before you start laughing, these charges would be no less outlandish than the baloney they charged Scott with.

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2015 years 10 months ago

You are right about that, there are some rotten apples in the upper ranks at WPD. There is a female lieutenant there that has admitted in court to cutting tires, shooting her duty weapon (at another officer) and she allegedly stabbed her husband. She claimed he startled her.
She recently circumvented protocol when an applicant is found to be untruthful and was to be disqualified from the hiring process. Recently an applicant was found to have lied on his application about previous places of employment and it was discovered in the panel interview. All interviewers recommended the applicant NOT to be hired. But since the applicant is friends with the lieutenant she arraigned for a second interview to be conducted. The officers conducting the second interview were not aware that the applicant had already done a panel interview and had been recommended not to hire. When the officers that were on the first panel found out, they all wrote letters to Chief Evangelous expressing the dirty deed she did. Did anything happen to her? Nope.
She recently told an officer he was too old to go to a school he requested.


2015 years 10 months ago

1. WWAY is a news organization.
2. WWAY is on the parade route.
3. WWAY says they didn’t know when/where the parade was going to be?

Kind of have to wonder about that. It’s called planning ahead.

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2015 years 10 months ago

At least Pickey takes the spotlight off of Michelle Obama rolling her eyes at the lunch table the other day.
WPD sure is “Pickey”!!

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2015 years 10 months ago

The SBI is taking way too long reviewing the Leland PD corruption investigation. They went into review in August, 2012. They better hope they were thorough, because they are mistaken if the good cops who were done wrong by these BAD COPS won’t call them out if they overlook any applicable charges! Those thug cops will pay for their wrongdoings!!!


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