WWAY news director arrested during MLK parade


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Submitted: Mon, 01/21/2013 - 8:26pm
Updated: Tue, 01/22/2013 - 1:40pm By:

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.

81 Comments

  • Mithrandir says:

    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.

  • watta joke says:

    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.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19900524&id=wg8yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-BMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3529%2C3526681

  • GuestHuh? says:

    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.

  • Guest Reply says:

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

  • Bye Bye Bad Guys says:

    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!!!

  • GuestBrhfhf says:

    Isnt this obviously a little payback for what WWAY exposed in Leland and Wrightsville Beach? Just the good ol boys sticking together! I sure hope Scott doesn’t lose his job for this, it’s very obvious this was nothing more than petty payback.

  • captsundrop says:

    Case #: 2013002831
    Charge: Reckless Driving
    Arresting Officer: Childers, F D
    Arrest DescriptionPickey, Brian Scott (W M, 43) Arrest on chrg of Reckless Driving (M), at 615 N Front St, Wilmington,

  • Guest461 says:

    …and seems that people with the propensity to display such anger about someone they don’t even know (Scott) should find a better avenue for release of their emotions! Go to the gym, run 5 miles, do some pushups, go pound a wrecked car with a baseball bat, but do something before you pop a vessel or go off on your little kids. The display of hatred as I read here is no less than disturbing!

    A truce should be struck here. There are two parties equally at fault. WWAY’s news team should’ve planned better for the event. Perhaps they were fully unaware that roadway access from their parking lot would be impeded. On the flip side, the police should’ve been a little more accomodating and drop their usual hard-nose, gustapo tactics. This simply did not have to be a zero-compromise conflict to arise over this unfortunate set of circumstances.

    You kids need to learn to play nice now!

  • So says:

    Just another arrogant journalist inserting themselves into the story. And like David Gregory illegally waving a 30 round clip on TV, no case will be brought to court. The media, the courts and most politicians all covering for each other embrace the same ideology….The first commandment of that clique being ‘Thou shalt not have any gods before me’.

    Common sense would dictate the alleged lawless news director could have dispatched a camera crew with equipment on foot. Obviously, they were right on the parade route so it would be a short walk to get the story. Was taking the van really necessary? But the real question here is; why did this news director denier choose to contribute to global warming rather than choose to promote the well-being of his fellow citizens?

  • JamesJ says:

    Probably might want to include the City Attorney while he is at it….just to be sure! Mr. Pickey made a very serious miscalculation, disobeyed an officer of the law and in so doing endangered city residents…..because he wanted to. Now he thinks he can just have a chat with the chief and all will be OK. Seriously?

    If you or I or anybody else was guilty of the same poor judgement, can we sit down and have a chat with the chief and all is OK? I think not….the chief and city attorney need to think very long and hard about the message this would send to the public and the management at WWAY needs to think very seriously about the damage this guy has done to the credibility of the organization. The guy is a major liability…..

  • JamesJ says:

    Classic journalistic arrogance from this guy showing all that he, his station and their story is above the law and at his discretion entitled to put others in danger. Hopefully WWAY will do the right thing and show the city and its citizens that they are not above the law and that his actions were inexcusable and not to be tolerated. There must be other stations in other markets that have a greater appreciation of his “National Enquirer” type news coverage.

  • Mithrandir says:

    Like these little hooligans who were running around on Front Street after the parade. In the span of 5 minutes, I saw a group of teenagers leaving the parade throw an armful of their garbage on the sidewalk, another person tearing branches off of shrubbery that TAXPAYERS pay for, and another group of young men throwing up their pathetic gang signs at cars passing by.

  • Guest9743 says:

    Scott got what he deserved….I heard him on the radio this morning saying he is going to talk with chief Evangelous about what happened. Yeah,now he’s trying to get out of it, if he feels he was right in what he did why go talk to the chief???

  • Guest24678 says:

    I was on the fence about this matter after reading the story.
    Obviously this man, Pickey, should have taken the necessary measures to prepare for the parade as it was reasonable for him to know he would be affected.

    Then I watched the video.

    When I saw the video of the what I assume is Pickey in a white van leaving the WWAY lot at the time of the incident, there doesn’t seem to be ANY parade activity in the street at all. It looks like any other day on Front Street.

    Is Pickey running around to the terror of the public? Every cop on the block was running after him (or at least trying) and then they have him lay on the ground with his face in the grass to handcuff him? This is unreasonable.

    I hope this gets tossed out in court by a judge that laughs and moves onto something more important. There are more important issues in our community that we need to address.

  • windy says:

    “Responsible and law abiding citizens” do not defy direct orders from public officials to do whatever they want. Would it have killed him to simply WAIT as instructed? Yes it might have delayed his ability to rush off to the next Brian Berger sighting, but not nearly as much as his unplanned stint in jail.

  • Guest228 says:

    Im sure WWAY wont be doing this so I felt I would do one to keep with the spirit of good journalism at WWAY

    Do you think Scott Pickey was right in leaving the WWAY parking lot against WPD orders?

    A: Sure, his reporter could have possibly been having a heart attack or an emergency situation (sarcasm)

    B: No, he is not above the law and WWAY received the press release as did all news media about start time

    C: Dont know/Dont care

  • windy says:

    The police would surely allow someone out in the event of a true medical EMERGENCY. Methinks, however, that this guy’s donut run or Brian Berger interview does not constitute an emergency; therefore, the officer was correct in making him wait just like everybody else.

    Furthermore, did this clown not see the RED announcements posted ALL OVER DOWNTOWN since Saturday, announcing Monday’s parade route? It seems to me he could have (1) parked in an area not affected by the parade or (2) dealt with it and behaved like an appropriate human being.

  • Kblue2221984 says:

    Can you “prove” he has lied? No! You can’t, Can I prove your a moron? Theirs no need, you just did it for me! Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • Guest12589 says:

    Wow… So people think this is a pwer trip? You want to file a complaint? Well, I will inform you that this article fails to mention the whole situation (go figure, the media reports what they want you to hear) The businesses were notified of the parade and road closings! They have parades downtown several times a year and have for as long as I can remember. The police are always there doing THEIR job by blocking off the streets so people can not drive thru the parade. This is a safety issue not a power trip. They are told- block the streets so no one can go thru, you think because he is “media” he gets special treatment?? Leave earlier knowing the streets were blocked off, when an officer is blocking you from driving down the street DO NOT inch towards them pushing them out of your way, dont cuss and disrespect someone from doing their job when you were late to do your own. He should have been arrested for endangement, he should have been arrested for many more things considering his actions after being forced to follow the rules. They apply to everyone. He is not special!!

  • mithrandir says:

    Sorry buddy, but a citizen needing to carry out the duties of his occupation is more than reason enough for him to stand up to these bullies. The WPD could have easily made an accommodation for him and directed him out of the parking lot when safe, but instead they chose to be clowns and refused to provide service to a tax-paying citizen.

    Scott standing up for his rights makes me proud, having officers on the WPD who refuse to use their heads and instead blindly follow orders like a robot scares me…ALOT.

  • Guest2929 says:

    Omg, how I wanted Scott Pickey to be arrested, and how I wanted it to be justified. But this isn’t justified! Scott was in the right, and the police were acting like petty tyrants! Go, Scott! *Uch, I can’t believe I said that*

  • Guest567 says:

    This is not “civil disobedience” because there was no higher moral point being made; it was just somebody doing what he felt like doing. Sometimes the cop has other considerations and there isn’t time to have a debate; sometimes you just have to do what you’re told. Cops are people and they aren’t perfect, but they get it right a huge percent of the time. In this case, the cop had to consider that there was a crowd of people who believed that the road was closed so they wouldn’t be looking out for cars.

  • Guester says:

    Guess you’ve never been downtown for the 4th of July. Good thing – sounds like you’d be driving right through the parade.

  • LB says:

    You guys are a joke. WPD and Leland police in cahoots and not letting people drive thru the parade as a payback? Are you kidding me? You need to get off the conspiracy becuz you are so dead wrong on this

  • LB says:

    A power trip by doing their job? They came in on their day off to work traffic control and block off the streets for the parade, they do this for every parade. The streets are blocked for safety control you can not just let cars go thru during breaks with children and families lining the streets. A power trip? Really?

  • Fleet Ghost says:

    Police seem to have become like the gestapo anymore. The man asked several times for an exception which could easily have been granted without the unnecessary to do. Cops today are definitely on a power trip that didn’t exist in the past. They’re not helpful at all. If you even look at them the wrong way they’re all over you.

  • Guest 3 Free Scott says:

    She’s a longtimer, trained everything she knows by the older pro ranks

  • Guester says:

    Guess you’re right. Parades on Federal holidays should excuse people from having to obey police officers. My mistake. Carry on.

  • LB says:

    Your first ammendment rights are to not follow the rules? The businesses downtown were notified of the street closings, you want to get thru the parade you leave earlier. His actions and cussing at the law and pushing them out of the way with his vehicle is ridiculous. No one could drive “thru” the parade, he is no exception to the rule. What does freedom of speech or religion have to do with this anyways?

  • Guest Reply says:

    Chief Evangelous will get a free 30 second WWAY video message promoting Ovaltine. It’s delicious and good for you.

  • guesty says:

    Dr. King would be proud to see how far the black race has advanced.

  • Guest9743 says:

    Scott seems to have a lot of people on here that think he was right in what he did but if Brian Berger had done exactly the same thing most of these posters would have had negative things to say about him!! At least the reporters at WWAY were smart enough to follow the rules. Scott was wrong and he knows it.

  • Nashville Cat says:

    GET YOU SOME OF IT BIG BOY. YOUR STATION ALLOWS LIES ON EVERYONE ELSE SO TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You yourself has lead the way for a lot of lies told on your website that has hurt a lot of innocent people’s reputation.
    So like I said. GET YOU SOME OF IT.

  • About Time says:

    First of all I disagree with the parade taking place downtown during business hours on a Monday. However, most downtown businesses are closed because of the holiday. Better downtown than down the middle of College Road or Oleander Drive. I think better planning and notification of the parade times/route could have prevented frustrations such as this one.

    But I am glad that Scott was arrested. He is no different than any other person who was put out by this celebration. He should accepted the fact that he and his reporter had to wait until the parade was over. But he didn’t. Apparently he thinks he is above the law. Very shameful behavior…for both Scott and WWAY! Somewhat hypocritical, especially when he’s always ready to report about others breaking the law. I just wish WECT had been there to catch it on camera!

  • Guest123 says:

    I wonder if the police would let someone out of their place of business if they were having a heart attack or a family member was having an emergency? A break in the parade sounds like a police officer could have let someone out of their place of business. Not everyone wants to be held hostage by the Martin Luther King Jr parade.
    sounds like someone was on a power trip??

  • Guest 409 says:

    I know Scott and his staff. They are responsible and law abiding citizens. No doubt he and many others could have been permitted to cut through when appropriate. The Police have a hard job to do as they are poorly trained, turn over in the ranks is rampant, leadership is lacking, direction is not provided and in essence they are assigned to mundane tasks by the City and their own leadershp, so they have become revenue agents with guns. This is a sad City…

  • JamesJ says:

    “when an officer is blocking you from driving down the street DO NOT inch towards them pushing them out of your way”

    That is outrageous and completely uncalled for behavior by anybody and anytime. If this is found to be true, he deserves jail time and immediate termination. WWAY has duty to Wilmington to make sure this type of arrogant nonsense is not tolerated from its employees….there have to be serious consequences for such actions.

  • Nelson says:

    I hope they throw the book at this guy. I’m sure the maximum penalty is tiny, but he deserves to get it, whatever it may be. He thought he was above the law and found out he wasn’t. Hope the courts remind him that his job doesn’t make him untouchable. So much fail.

  • guesty says:

    The officers have no choice but to follow orders or face a charge of insubordination. Unless it is an unlawful order, the officers hands are tied.

  • bilbobuck says:

    How appropriate to have an act of civl disobedience on Dr. King’s day. Good for you Scott for defending your first amendment rights!

  • Guest hope wway sues says:

    and to think this same officer just recently had an awards article published about him by WWAY? sounds like someone much higher up has brainwashed the officer that WWAY is WPD’s enemy. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/06/20/wpd-officers-awarded-medal-of-valor

  • CKJ says:

    No surprise with this “news”. Having worked with man before, it’s a pattern of behavior. Surprised it took this long for him to have his mug shot taken.

  • Guest2461 says:

    Let Him Drive out and then a parade watcher gets hit by him or a child not paying attention runs out in front of him. Then the POLICE would be balmed for letting him out Yep COPS are the whipping post every time but at least this officer did his job the way he was told to and was able to make sure that no one got hurt on his watch. Good Job WPD! No matter how you slice it the cops do their job and sometimes just cant WIN. Every body complains untilit happens to them

  • LB says:

    Well while law abiding citizens they may be when an officer stands in from of your vehicle telling you to stop you dont inch forward and bump them…. All businesses are notified in advance as to the closing times. He wants to do parade coverage he should have left earlier KNOWING the streets were closed, then when a police car is blocking the road for traffic becuz of a parade in the street you dont fly around it cussing at the cops and drive across the street during a “break” Nice and friendly as he may be his actions were wrong.

  • FletcherJames says:

    Scott, maybe you didnt get the “press release” but earlier that same day your amazing staff,that you supervise, reported the following :

    “WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is moving from Castle Street to Front Street this year to hopefully attract a bigger crowd.

    It will begin at Second and Hanover Streets and head down Front Street to Princess Street, then turn onto Water Street and head back towards Brunswick and Front.

    The parade starts at noon.”

    Didnt get the memo? Ha I love it…. you have been one of the most arrogant, pompass “look at me” “look at what I found” egotistical B-lister News room Directors we have ever seen and its about time you were shown that you were not above any law. Talk about “sunshine” reporting….. of the 26 posts so far I would say you are holding onto maybe 3 loyal supporters and yes I will admit when I woke up this morning I smiled just a little.

    Dont worry, you will probably just pay a small fine and maybe even wway will pick up the attorneys bill, but the personal damage to your reputaion is priceless.

    And kudos to the Officer for treating you just like anyone else, sounds like you had a few warnings before you went renegade. Maybe next time you will plan ahead and park a few blocks away LIKE THE REST OF US!

  • Mithrandir says:

    Police are public servants, not just enforcers. If this officer wants to blindly follow orders like a robot, maybe he should enlist in the military. There’s no reason AT ALL he couldn’t have directed Scott out of the parking lot when it was safe, but he chose to put a parade held on a weekday ahead of the needs of a legitimate business and their employees. If these cops were told to taze anyone attempting to cross the parade route they probably would have.

  • Scott Pickey says:

    LB – can you please show me in the story where I “cussed” at an officer or “pushed an officer with my vehicle?”

    Always feel to comment – and I respect your opinions – but please don’t make stuff up either. None of that happened.

    sp

    Scott Pickey
    News Director

  • GuestLocalOne says:

    …citizens working at WWAY. The news anchor from WWAY that got stopped last year for driving careless and reckless on MLK was being the complete definition of law-abiding. Wonder why you never heard about that? Ask WWAY. Ask WWAY why they not only failed to report that, but also failed to divulge the outcome. I’ll give you a hint: What happened and the outcome of it would NOT make you feel very comfortable driving around town if you knew that particular news anchor/idiot was driving on the roads at the same time you are. And we can’t have WWAY looking anything less than perfect in every way, now can we.

    PLEASE. Gimme a break. WWAY gave up reporting news YEARS ago. Scott Pickey has only deepened and furthered that cause with his insistence on yellow “journalism” at all turns. There’s a simple litmus test to prove this. Contact WWAY and ask them who they call and how often they call when they want to be briefed on news happening in the city of Wilmington and in New Hanover County and the beaches. I guarantee you that if they do answer you – TRUTHFULLY – you will be STUNNED to learn just how out of touch WWAY is when it comes to being a REAL media outlet and reporting actual NEWS. Contact the agencies that WWAY should be requesting information from if they were actually interested in printing REAL news about what’s happening here locally. Public record means you can ask how often someone calls a public service agency requesting assistance, including a phone call requesting information.

    I’ll be absolutely STUNNED if this comment winds up actually getting posted to WWAY’s site, but I’m sure if it does, it will only be done to placate misguided folks like yourself as WWAY tries to cover its dirty little tracks and PRETENDS to be a real, honest-to-god media outlet til the heat from this blows over.

    Regarding your other statements about law enforcement officers…you could not be wrong on every single claim you tried to make. They are NOT poorly trained. They go through lengthy and extensive BLET training just to become officers. Once hired by a department, they then have to undergo further hands-on on-the-job training in patrol with a senior officer until such time that the senior officer believes they are ready to patrol the streets on their own. Turnover is NOT rampant. The ranks are thin because this is a difficult economy, and local governments are forced to make difficult calls when deciding whether money should be spent on something like putting another officer on the street, or giving more money to local schools to help our teachers help our students. The majority of local law enforcement agencies have officers and deputies who have been on the job for at LEAST 5 years. I have no idea how you reached the conclusion that leadership is lacking but that’s quite possibly one of the most ludicrous things I’ve read in a while. EVERY law enforcement agency in New Hanover County has AT LEAST one sergeant in charge of patrol units that are out on the street. WPD also has at least two corporals working with each shift as well. NHSO has one sergeant and one corporal out patrolling the streets at all times, in addition to at least five to six deputies patrolling the north end and the south end of the county. Both WPD and NHSO always have at least one lieutenant patrolling each shift as Watch Commander as well. Oh yes, I can back up my statements. Can you?

    Yes, there are mundane tasks that officers have to do. It isn’t by choice. The officers don’t choose it, and neither do any of the leaders from each department. But when Mrs. Noseyfool calls for an officer at 2 in the morning to complain about her neighbor’s dog barking, an officer has to go and check it. Funny thing…when citizens call and demand officers respond to truly stupid crap like barking dogs while hiding behind the supremely arrogant statement “I PAY YOUR SALARY!”, officers have to go. The public alone is to blame for officers having to respond to moronic crap like barking dogs, loud fireworks, etc. Parents call and demand officers come to their homes to tell their 11-year-old kid to stop arguing with Mummy and Daddy just so that Mummy and Daddy don’t have to be parents/”the bad guy”. They HAVE to respond to idiot crap like this because people like YOU believe you’re “entitled”. Cops are NOT your servants. Neighbor’s dog bothering you? Grow and pair and go tell the neighbor yourself. Loud fireworks? It’s the Fourth of July…get over yourself. Kids acting up in your home while you just wanna drink your 2nd bottle and watch Family Guy? Do it yourself. You laid down and made those kids…you go be a parent now.

    Revenue agents with guns? Seriously? There’s a real simple answer to this. END ALL CRIME EVERYWHERE, Genius, and cops won’t be needed anymore. Til you do that, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP because you clearly have NO idea what you’re talking about. They’re simply doing the job that mouthbreathers like you everywhere demand with your idiotic behavior. It’s easy to make ridiculous claims such as yours when you’ve never had to do a cop’s job. Since you’re clearly neither mentally nor physically strong enough to do an officer’s job, sign up for a ridealong. Both WPD and NHSO offer them. Make sure you schedule it for a Friday or a Saturday when the weather is above 40 degrees, and preferably when you can be with an officer in the city around 2 a.m. (bar close). If you don’t walk away from that experience with a long-overdue respect for cops, you’re more of an idiot than even I suspected.

    And if all of this still means that Wilmington is, in your stupid opinion, a sad city, by all means…LEAVE. GET OUT. MOVE AWAY. Go find the Utopia you think exists. Write back when you’ve grown up a little, junior.

  • GuestHuh? says:

    What emergency was there? Of course if there was a fire or medical emergency, police would have done traffic control like they do for the movies. This was a citizen who knew about the parade and not caring if they disrupted it or hurt anyone who happened to be in his way.

  • Mithrandir says:

    There’s a big difference between MLK Day and July 4th. Aside from government offices and schools, many businesses are open on MLK Day. On the other hand, restaurants and some shops are the only things open on Independence day. Besides, I don’t recall Wilmington having a Fourth of July Parade…that’s in Southport my friend. Wilmington has a street fair and the Battleship Blast, which happens on water Street. Practically nothing is blocked down there, guests still have access to the Hilton, the second level of the Water Street Deck can be accessed from Front street, and no business or residential parking lots or driveways are blocked. That’s why it’s held on Water Street in the first place…minimal impact on businesses and residents. Having the parade on Front Street on a day when many people ARE working creates a substantial difficulty for businesses. No business should be expected or required to stay confined to their parking lot for 2-3 hours on a workday.

  • Rob Surf City says:

    Dr. King would be turning in his grave to know that the police, as they did here, were inhibiting press review of this parade or to not allow someone to leave their place of employment.

    Please publish the complete names of the arresting police officer(s)involved who made the decision to arrest Mr. Pickey.

    A complete vetting of any officers involved needs to be conducted and the results aired publicly.

    Keep up the good work Scott.

  • Guest2013 says:

    Like most smart business owners who needed their employees to leave unhindered, I had them park two or our work trucks across 3rd St. Its apparent that you were not there. There were little kids stepping into the street to see what was coming next. They were not looking the other direction to see if a car was coming. They are children and make mistakes. He was an adult who didn’t care enough to plan ahead. As far was what the media showed, you are an odd one to believe anything the media puts out.

  • deputy 25 says:

    They carry this MLK parade crap tp far. 10 days of celebration!!! Really. If there was breaks in the route,let him out!!!! he will beat this in court. Can’t hold people hostage at work because of a patade beat them in court scott. I am a deputy, I would have let traffic through when a break appeared in the line. WPD needs to lighten up and downplay your authority on some things like this. I have let people through before.

  • windy says:

    Scott, are you saying that you’ve never “made up stuff” at any point in your journalistic career?

  • Thereisnonews says:

    Scott has made A LOT of enemies both professionally and personally over the years with his smashmouth, abrasive, handfisted style of management/executive producing.

    He has made countless numbers of employees miserable over the years and although I may not necessarily agree with his arrest, I can assure all of you that this incident makes a lot of people happy and it is long time overdue that karma has finally come around.

    I would like to tip my hat to Wilmington PD for making his life a little tougher this week, because if you add up all of the times he has either made an employee cry or lose their s*it, made their life so miserable that they quit their job, or simply been the source of a massive amount of despair for his staff/co-workers, his predicament this week doesn’t come anywhere close to it.

  • watta joke says:

    That is true that many female officers can use deadly force faster than a male due to strength and size differences. The only problem with her using it in that issue was she shot at another female officer that she thought was sleeping with the same man she was sleeping with. Both women were on-duty, in uniform and in the parking lot at the police department. That should have been assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Officers are trained that if you fire your weapon, you shoot to kill, not wound. Then when she allegedly stabbed her husband it should have at least been assault with a deadly weapon. Both incidents were swept under the rug.

  • Guest hope wway sues says:

    Absofreakinlutely what it is ..PAYBACK SO YEA EXPOSE ALL CORRUPT COPS. THE FEW OF THEM usually have rank in every department and make all of the good honest ones suffer and pay for their misdeeds against the public that pays them their salary.

  • GuestNCNative says:

    None of it happened? Your station’s cameras were obviously working…where’s the footage BEFORE you sped off? Where’s the footage of right before you came to a stop? The footage between you speeding off and you on the ground – ALL OF IT – needs to be shown. Where’s the audio? If you’re so completely righteous, and your cameras where there and working, why did we only get a few seconds of OBVIOUSLY edited footage?

    You can’t have it both ways, Scott. You can’t make a career out of crucifying others when you don’t know the full story, and you certainly can’t sweep your own bad actions and seriously flawed judgment under the rug just because it would make you look bad or feel uncomfortable.

    Your station sure didn’t shy away from jumping on the bandwagon that demanded the dashcam footage of the final seconds of a police officer’s life. Your viewers are likewise not interested in anything less than full disclosure of what REALLY happened now that you are in the hot seat. Just because you work for the video equivalent of the National Enquirer does not mean you’re above the law.

  • Guest Reply says:

    Typical scenario of a “Wilmington to Screw Up Anything” (no matter what it is)…Typical of a news media agency looking for a higher ratings builder.
    No…it won’t make CNN/ABC/NBC/CBS/or the BBC! Just the Bugtussle Gazette…maybe…HA!
    Sorry Charlie ;-()

  • guesty says:

    When is the cookout you promised? Have you found another job as a LEO?

  • GuestLocalGirl says:

    Riiiiiight, because the black community would no doubt be fully supportive of being told “No, MLK, Jr., was not important enough to warrant a day off or even a parade.” “No, you cannot have your parade on busy streets…stay in the back of the bus and on secondary roads so that as few people as possible will have to come in contact with you.”

    That would go over about as well as a fart in church.

  • windy says:

    How about people just plan ahead and park their vehicles in a “reasonable” place on days when there will be PRE-ANNOUNCED road closures due to parades or other events? It’s not like this parade just popped up out of nowhere, leaving a select few people “stranded.” Their lack of planning does not constitute an emergency.

  • Guest111 says:

    Downtown ILM is busy. Why in the world would you let a parade come through there on a work day, in the first place? A parade does not mean everyone is under lockdown in their businesses. This stuff needs to be done on a weekend or keep the route of the parade off busy streets where people are conducting business. For Scott to jump out and cross the street during a break in the parade is not asking for to much. Do this stuff at a reasonable time or keep it off main streets.

  • vanness middleton says:

    Excuse me!!! the parade should have been confined to its own neighborhood? This is my neighborhood! God bless the hands of the
    dead slaves that built many of our historic buildings in the downtown area. Is this parade of less importance compared to the
    Azalea Festival parade which is held on sat. one of the busiest shopping days of the week, plus lots of businesses were closed today.
    wway-tv should have developed a strategy to have their reporters
    already stationed outside of the parade area in case they needed to
    cover a story somewhere else. Again this is my neighborhood and I can’t wait until the parade travels down 3rd street pass the courthouse , city hall etc.

  • Really1 says:

    As long as I pay taxes…just like you…sorry it is all my neighborhood.

  • Guest666 says:

    The parade should have been confined to its appropriate neighborhood. Why tie up downtown with this? If Mr. Pickey did not endanger anybody, why was he not allowed to leave the studio? Sounds like more of Wilmington police jackbooted BS.

  • WilmMan says:

    How do you know they didn’t? If all businesses knew the plan before hand and Scott still did not do what he was instructed, then he deserved to be arrested.

  • Vog46 says:

    You would think the police would have made some announcements or made some other plans for people working along the parade route when the parade was taking place.
    Perhaps given WWAY some notice so that employees could park their cars elsewhere and walk to them to gather news…

    Need bail money Scott?

    Vog

  • WilmMan says:

    Really…what law was broken by the police officer??? What was the misconduct by the police officer??? The business were told ahead of time of what the plan was but Scott decided that since he worked for the news he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to. Guess he was wrong.

  • Vog46 says:

    They could have had the chance to frisk Cackey, Ashley, or Katie.
    No they have to frisk you.
    What a bitter disappointment……
    No wonder we consider most cops hero’s

    Vog

  • GuestGal says:

    Perhaps they were smart enough to read the report from their own station stating that there was a parade that day and they wouldn’t be able to get in or out of the parking lot until it was over.

  • The Law says:

    The Wilmington. Cops were out of control and will likely face a police misconduct suit. You can’t stop business from operating because of a parade. If there was a break in the parade, there is absolutely no reason why a vehicle would not have been permitted through, especially one from an area business conducting business along the route.

    Watch for a lawsuit and disciplinary action against the cops. I suspect this was all recorded, even if the police don’t know it yet, and that video may lead to police suspensions or even terminations.

  • Kblue2221984 says:

    Then why are you here you idiot!? Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • Punch 'em Pickey says:

    Typical…what a bully! No surprise here! What a joke Pickey and the WWAY News team are!

  • Poster Posting says:

    No, all black people are not rejoicing. To believe that your emotions are shared by others just because you share the same ethnicity is ridiculous and could be indicative of mental illness. The delusional thoughts you posted are sad. Why should black people be excited that a White man was arrested? Also, what does this have to do with Brian Berger? He is getting his day in court, why should he be jumping up and down? If that is what you would do typing that would be better. Imposing your feelings and beliefs on others is bad business.

    Aside from that nonsense, I believe it could have been handled better by both sides. Mr. Pickey seemed to have been annoyed. Instead of being a bit warm under the collar he should have contacted someone at the police station or, should have secured permission earlier to leave the news station. I am sure they knew the parade route and posted it for their readers ahead of time. When it came across their desks, it should have raised a red flag.

    However, everything does not go as planned. This is just one human who let his emotions get the best of him. Even the best of us have that issue. Instead of rejoicing, the poster should have been glad that WWAY did not hide this and displayed their own in the same fashion as others.

  • Guest228 says:

    Well look who is being discussed in the comment section? Brian Berger must be jumping up and down in his living room, black people everywhere are rejoicing as Mr. Picky is getting his own medicine. Will this be discussed on The Rant? My question is if the parade started at 12, why would the news reporters be leaving well after the parade started?

    “During the parade, which started at noon on Front Street”

    Sounds like Mr. Pickey made his own bed and now have to lie in it.

  • Chris Carter says:

    I love this story because it shows just how stupid the Police can be. He was just trying to get the story, and the Police overacted. I think Pickey getting arrested was outrageous. The Police should have been observing Public safety! What is going on down there in Wilmington?

  • Vog46 says:

    There are three thoughts that come to mind here.
    First, that WWAY should have known the parade would impact their ability to come and go. Knowing a parade was going right by your front door and parking lot could have been easily addressed.
    Second, most businesses were closed for the holiday, however news organizations do work 24/7 and do dispatch reporters from this location.
    Third – this was a change from prior years and the FIRST time the parade was held in this location – EVER.

    It would appear to me that WWAY misjudged how this would impact them. IT is also apparent that parade organizers became complacent and assumed that the parade route businesses KNEW this was going to happen in their area – after all everyone on Castle Street had been aware for years!! Of course, this isn’t Castle Street….

    There’s plenty of fault in this for all concerned – but the least amount of blame goes to the Wilmington PD who were just doing their jobs.
    I would chalk this up to parade growing pains
    Scott was wrong for disobeying a Police Officer – he is a semi public persona and should set an example.

    Vog

  • SurfCityTom says:

    did they do a Brian Berger on you? Blood tests and breathalizer?

    After all, one must be under some influence to disregard directions from one of Wilmington’s finest.

    Talk about live and local.

    Or was it just a slow news day?

  • Just asking says:

    First question is: were all the businesses that were to affected by the parade notified before hand that they would not have traffic access for the complete duration of the parade? If not, shame on the parade oranizers and the police.
    Second question is: if the businesses were notified before hand, then why oh why were the WWAY news vehicles not parked elsewhere during the time of the parade and the employees radio dispatched to whatever news they needed to cover?

  • RSimmons says:

    As much I can giggle at the thought of Scott in Jail jammies and playing the blues on a harmonica. It sounds like not allowing WWAY staff to leave the parking lot during a parade break is unfair. On the other hand you are 1/2 block or morefrom Redcross St and if the street was crowded I could see the PD might have some valid safety concerns and Cops have a habit of getting really PO’ed when you disobey them
    Maybe you should plan ahead next time?

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