ONLY ON 3: Deputy under investigation after blocking handicapped parking space

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Submitted: Thu, 05/23/2013 - 3:45am
Updated: Thu, 05/23/2013 - 4:10pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Add the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to the list of local law enforcement agencies in the spotlight because of an officer’s alleged bad behavior.

The actions of one deputy may have given the entire department a black eye. A disabled WWAY viewer claims a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy intentionally blocked his handicapped spot in the parking lot of a Wilmington business.

The viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he was heading to his daily workout at Planet Fitness on N. Kerr Ave. Tuesday. When he went to pull into a handicapped parking spot, he says a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy cut him off and parked in a no-parking zone right next to the space, which kept him from being able to use it.

He later confronted the man inside the gym.

“I approached this individual and said, ‘Do you realize that you’re parked illegally?’ And this individual’s reply was that he was a cop,” the man said. “I think that police should be of higher moral fabric than that.”

The man is legally handicapped after having his leg severed and reattached following an automobile accident. He is not supposed to walk more than 300 feet at a time, though he admits he tries to avoid the handicapped parking spot.

He claims the issue here is not with the spot, but what else the officer could be getting away with.

“If this officer will take a handicapped stall and abuse his power in that manner, what other liberties might he be taking?” he said.

WWAY contacted the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which says actions like this won’t be tolerated.

“The sheriff has been made aware of it, and he is very concerned about it and has asked for an internal investigation into the situation,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jason Augst said.

The Sheriff’s Office has not yet identified the deputy involved citing personnel issues.

The victim says he is hopeful the officer will be disciplined for his actions, and that at the minimum he should have to face a fine.

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48 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Deputy under investigation after blocking handicapped parking space"

2015 years 8 months ago

Whether the guy needed the space is irrelevant. There is no excuse for the piggy’s poor lazy choice for parking. It is more disturbing that the cop felt entitled to use it. I don’t care if there wasn’t a handicapped person there for hours, piggy should know right from wrong. I am pretty sure he slept through the training video on illegal parking.

2015 years 8 months ago

“I have seen it firsthand. These departments need to quit being so laid back and react to these “little “problems ASAP.”
Uh hey did react. since this is a personnel issue we’ll probably never know just what was done but at some point we have to take the word of someone in authority at the Sheriffs office. “You know firsthand”? How? In today’s world of dashboard cams, cell phones taking movies and pictures and being able to produce them, for the whole world to see immediately on You Tube one would have to assume that LEO’s are cognizant of how they are perceived.

“Do you know what the window pane approach is? It means all things are important and should be dealt with or your entire department will back slide.”
Or your entire department will back slide? Assumptive argument there Troy – one that cannot be made here. This is a first as far as I know. Sure the Sheriff was arrogant if, IF he said what the did to this man. I don’t know either man but this boils down to a “he said she said” argument. While I respect LEOs I will not give him the benefit of the doubt here. I will however give the department that benefit.

” When officers get away with these type infractions there are a majority of officers that want them to be punished, and when it doesn’t happen they get a don’t give a ____ attitude, and that is when the whole department is in jeopardy.”
What punishment is appropriate? Letter of reprimand in his file – we’ll NEVER know if it was done nor would the other officers. If the department is in jeopardy because of this “non-available knowledge” then we have far bigger problems. In this case NONE of his fellow officers would know if he was punished, or what that punishment might be.
He was wrong and I TRUST it was handled according to department and county policy – affecting one employee.
Do not make this into something it’s not, please


2015 years 8 months ago

The last thing i want is some ass LEO show up 20 minutes after the crime and tell me what to do. I will call and let you know when you can come make the report. Legend in your own mind there hero?

2015 years 8 months ago

As I understand it, this particular deputy is a “personal friend” of good ole Sheriff Ed and is openly talking about running for Brian Berger’s commissioner seat. Could this be why Eddie hasn’t released a name yet? Maybe wanting to ensure a vote on the Board of Commissioners? Hummm? Everyone already knows who drives the dark blue unmarked car… Come on news reporters, throw it out there! You can show the car and tag, but not say a name? Chickens!!!

I know who you are!!
2015 years 8 months ago

I know who the deputy is who did this and he always feels like he is always above the law. It is his personality to do this kind of stuff!!! He needs to be punished and finally learn that he needs to go by the same rules that everybody else does!!