SBI to investigate WPD

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Submitted: Sat, 03/09/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 5:42pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The State Bureau of Investigation will look into whether members of the Wilmington Police Department did anything criminal during a botched prostitution sting last year.

A SBI spokeswoman confirms District Attorney Ben David and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous requested the investigation. The DA and chief have scheduled a joint news conference for 4:15 p.m. It will be Evangelous's second news conference of the week.

Wednesday he met with reporters and said he was embarrassed and disappointed by the actions of undercover officers during the sting that led to two officers being demoted and one being suspended.

Friday morning city leaders stepped forward to stand behind the chief and the work he has done to correct the problem.

"My hat's off to Chief Evangelous for dealing with the issue," City Councilwoman Margaret Haynes said.

"People are talking about the code of silence with the police, and obviously that's not so strong. What happened that was not correct has been corrected. People have been disciplined for it, and there is a restructuring." But while city leaders may agree on Evangelous's handling of the situation, they do not agree on whether the department should release employee records to clear the air and maintain the integrity of the department.

"I think the state law is clear in terms of which confidential and protected information can be released, because you not only have parties that are involved in a particular incident, but you also have innocent employees that could also be involved," City Manager Sterling Cheatham said.

Haynes sees it differently. "I just think that sometimes we dig too deep for things that are really none of our business, and I don't need to see these people's personnel records," Haynes said. "That's up to the police chief to use his authority to discipline those people."


  • Guest Reply says:

    “SBI to investigate WPD”
    Music to my ears!

  • Guest49 says:

    Cops investigating cops. Does the code of silence apply here also?
    What do you THINK the SBI is going to say??
    Perhaps the attorney general should appoint an independent investigation. How about it, Roy?

  • jim hammond says:

    Is the the same SBI that withheld evidence, committed perjury, and sent numerous individuals to deathrow knowinging that they had not committed the crime that they were accused of, and by putting them in jail, or on death row meant that the real perpetrators were still free to harm members of society? All of this came out of a very brief review of just 250 cases in which the SBI was the principal law(un)enforcement agency involved in the prosecution/persecution of charged individuals. Is this the same SBI that has been investigating a certain x-state Senator in Columbus County for some time now to no avail? Knowing this I do not have any confidence in this agency (S.B.I) in finding out the truth, and disclosing same in there investigation of the Wilmington police Department.

  • Guest7848 says:


  • Guest453 says:

    Sure it will. They certainly didn’t release a whole lot of info after their Leland PD investigation.

  • Taxpayer101 says:

    Corruption in the Wilmington police department is hardly anything new. Half the officers are on the take and the other half are afraid to speak out. This has been going on a long time, and of course, not just in Wilmington. As Bob Dylan once sang, “You got gangsters in power and lawbreakers makin’ rules.”

  • taxedtodeath says:

    Do you have any proof of this other than your baseless accusations? I love to read comments from the pot stirrers who say anything they want without anything to back it up. There are alot of hard working people in the police department. Remember when you make false and baseless accusations there are some people who will actually believe it regardless of its merit.

  • jason says:

    You say “Half the officers are on the take and the other half are afraid to speak out”. I say, call them out since you made this allegation. Name them since you said half of them are on the take. Either back up your words, and “speak out” or shut up. I am waiting for you to name them. And yes, I probably pay more taxes than you!

  • Need money says:

    First, what part of the story talks about rampant corruption and officers taking money? Second, I must not of made the first half of the PDs list for the distribution of bribe money. Any chance we could find out whos in charge. Haven’t seen a legit raise in years taxpayer101….. thanks for your in depth analysis of the article. I’m sure you made a difference here by bringing this to light just like you do everyday at your Dominoes job.

  • Guest123234 says:

    Some of us have to deal with these folks in the course of running our businesses. We need to know who they are and what they have done. I have dealt with several of these fols and they are arrogant as hell.

  • Guest, Just Another says:

    Attorney General? Really? You aluminum hat wearing pot stirrers are complete whackos. Do you seriously think, in this time of complete digital EVERYTHING, that even the most mundane issues can’t be found? If the Chief said there were no laws broken, and then invited an outside agency to back check him, do you really believe that he’d hide anything?

    Thats just stupid.

    Look at the posts from previous days/weeks. There is a mole in that department posting info as comments. Do you really believe that with that they’d HIDE something and expect it to not get out??? You are a fool. Go back to your little closed minded world.

  • Guest1022 says:

    I may be mistaken but I think the SBI works for the State Attorney General.

  • Guest49 says:

    Yes guest1022 they do work under the direction of the AG. But that doesn’t mean that the AG can’t appoint an arms length investigation since the subjects of the investigation are leo’s and the thoughts of conflict of interest will certainly arise. That ain’t gonna happen I know. It’s just like when a police dept’s internal affairs investigates claims agains officers. It’s a joke.

  • taxpayer101 says:

    To all of you who are personally attacking me because of me speaking about corruption in the Wilmington police dept.,obviously haven’t lived here very long. First, I did not say all police are corrupt. And you have to be pretty naive to not believe there is corruption in many police departments. Sure, it’s worse in Russia. But, i have been harassed by the police, i was wrongly charged because the idiot magistrate got the warrant backwards and i was arrested instead of the criminal! And i know for a fact that the police have been told by the city of Wilmington to allow vagrants to hang out in parts of the city, but not other areas. How would you feel if vagrants were constantly hanging around your business and the police would do nothing? Would you like that? Do any of you remember the last police chief who was an alcoholic and showed up at crime scenes drunk? Probably not. I could go on and on, including many cases in the past when the drug money confiscated was not the same amount proclaimed in a court case. Any other questions?

  • idiotsramongstus says:

    You’re an idiot. You and many others here are the ones who have received a ticket from a WPD officer and now finds the right place to “vent”. You are the one with the “harassment” claim proclaiming you didn’t do anything wrong when you got arrested.
    No department is perfect but it’s idiots like you that keeps them in business.

  • Guest327 says:

    Bringing in more cops to investigate cops. Guess we all know where this is going.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Should we bring in doctors or hair stylists in to investigate police officers?

  • Stop the Caps says:

    using caps to make your point is like screaming at someone. and getting charged is not the same thing as being convicted, or are you not aware of the American way, innocent until proven guilty? Do you work for the police department?

  • Guest Reply says:

    Hold on a minute Guest7848.
    There’s a delivery guy (name I won’t mention) we have that I’ve gotten to know. He is dying to become an officer with WPD. IMO…a good choice being 6’4…BIG…and a super nice level headed person.
    After weeks upon weeks of training…he passing with flying colors within their Police Training program, as he told me…he was recently “denied” employment due to the fact (as he was told by a member of the police dept.) that he had to be “passed by” due to the police department’s needs to balance out their officers by race and gender. An act some consider prejudice within itself…some call “Fair”. (These are his words…not mine).
    In my opinion…he wasn’t showing any prejudice emotions during our conversation…just questioning the fact about some of the cadets that “did get placed”…as he saw some of those individuals weren’t cut out to be officers during training. Once again…his words…not mine.
    So, there are some individuals that want to become WPD officers…they really do…but due to no choice of their own…they ‘weren’t born into this world with the right type of mold”. Once again…his words…not mine.
    No…this type of selective employment isn’t centered just around the WPD…but throughout our country. It just effects things in a negative manner in some cases more then others.
    I keep telling our delivery guy to keep plugging away at it…but he’s considering relocation for law enforcement employment.
    This being said Guest7848…I have “NO” arrest record…but would like to see the FBI at least investigate. The Police Dept. individuals guilty for their actions brought this on the Dept…not John Q. Public.
    In today’s world…people are seeking more answers then ever before on wrong doing’s of elected officials…or whomever else represents the public for their tax dollars…and what is simply morally right or wrong, in the processes.
    Common sense tells individuals when something isn’t right…and we praise things that are “well done” for the good of people. Unfortunately…there is more wrong then right occurring in today’s world…and people want answers…and so do you!

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  • Collin says:

    I am a local Brunswick co ex con who has had dealing with this county n nh vice and have currently witnessed and have close friends who have proof of corruption and we would like for the stories to come out. Also another close friend is in the escort biz named angel and has been contacted by reporters about what we have witnessed. Contact me if you would like to learn more about the local law enforcement practices.

  • Vog46 says:

    The SBI (States Bungled Investigation) WPD (Won’t Prove Diddly)


  • GuestHd says:

    It would be more productive to get landscapers or fast food cooks to investigate rather than other law enforcement. This will be a year long investigation with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The SBI is brought in only for show, they will drag their feet until the public has ‘forgotten’ (or at least until the media finds another story) and no one with any authority will ever suffer the aproprite consequences.

    Law enforcement does what they want, when they want, with no fear of consequence.

  • theblackknight says:

    I can tell you’ve never actually conducted a criminal investigation.

  • Guest2013 says:

    It sickens me to the core of my soul to read some of the postings some people put on here. Some people have so many negative things to say about the WPD and the people who work there.  The vast majority of you all  also go through some things in your personal or professional life that may be a cause of concern. Its suprising how judgemental folks can become especially when they don't know specifically what is going on themselves, and everything is "He said this or she said that". Its dosen't matter if it is concerning the process to become a WPD officer, or the unfortunate incident that is currently taking place. Some people talk so negatively of an organization and profession, where lives and livelyhood are at stake. Sure, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but good lord, give those guys and gals a break. Let the people whos job it is to investigate, investigate before you automatically decide to become judge, jury, and executioner. You talk and say so many negative and evil things about WPD and law enforcement in general, but best believe if all hell was to break loose somehow somewhere in your life, you would have no problem calling 911!!!!!

  • GggGuest says:

    They are given a power over their fellow man and they have proven time and again to abuse that power for their own personal gain, and in some cases simply to show their authority over others. They do not abide by the laws they are hired to enforce on others, and they cover for eachother when laws are broken by fellow officers.

    Law enforcement does what they want, when they want, with no fear of consequence. It may not be all of them, but when the public notices and witnesses a continuing trend, they begin to assume all law enforcement acts this way.

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