ONLY ON 3: Alderman’s son files federal suit against Wrightsville Beach, police officers

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Submitted: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:33pm
Updated: Wed, 08/28/2013 - 12:15pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Wrightsville Beach and two of its police officers are facing a federal lawsuit filed by the son of a town leader.

In 2011 Darryl Mills was elected to be an alderman in Wrightsville Beach. Just a few hours later his son Adam was stopped by Wrightsville Beach Police and charged with DWI. That stop now has the town in federal court facing allegations of civil rights violations.

According to the suit Adam Mills claims he was verbally assaulted by officers Jimmy Rich and Jesse McCubbins after they arrested him on suspicion of DWI in November 2011.

Mills claims he became belligerent to the officers because they were taunting him about the effect the arrest would have on his father. When Mills disobeyed an officer’s order to stay seated on a bench he claims McCubbins punched him in the face. He then claims the officers slammed him face first into the floor breaking his nose and his left orbital wall.

Mills says despite the fact he was bleeding heavily, the officers failed to immediately call for medical assistance. Once EMS did arrive, he was told that they were just there “to make sure he didn’t bleed out.”

According to Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens both officers named in the suit are still employed by the town’s police department.

There is video of what happened inside the police department that night. The town’s attorney says it will be released tomorrow.


  • Guest7969 says:

    I feel someone who gets caught drinking and driving gets what they deserve…I DO believe every bit of how he was treated by WB Police…they aren’t well known for having calm heads. ALWAYS been that way too! WB Gestapo

  • Guest9431 says:

    The police do take things to another level, but these smart mouthed kids play their own game too. Daddy got on Alderman so he can go do whatever he wants and get away with it. Let’s go get drunk and try to kill someone while driving! YAY! Funny how this happened in 2011 and its now 2013. Going all Sandusky on WB are ya? How about get your act together, grow up, and become a real man. Daddy might not be so proud then?

  • deputy dawg says:

    These two officers need to be fired if they let some poor drunk kid get to them this badly. I watched the police video and heard the language that these two officers used. It was quite inappropriate and reflects poorly on the Wrightsville Beach Police Department and police chief. if the police chief doesn’t think so…maybe he needs to be replaced also.

  • Guest7969 says:

    I agree with your comments…you have to understand our smart mouthed kids are a result of leadership such as Police Officers, and elected government being HORRIBLE examples and excusing themselves from the very laws they force us to be accountable for. Kids see and understand this! We deserve EVERY BIT of this kind of thing!

  • Guest2020 says:

    No, smart mouthed kids are a result of poor parenting. A parent taking the time to teach a child right from wrong can outdo most outside influences. It is not up to the police or anyone else to teach our kids to be accountable. It is not the elected government’s job to teach our kids to be responsible for the choices they make. It isn’t the job of the schools, the church or anyone else to raise our children to do what is right, to be respectful of others and to respect the laws of the land in which they live. It is the responsibility of the parent to do all of that.

  • WB Looper says:

    unfortunate situation for everyone. does anyone else have stories to share like this?

  • 919 says:

    SBI country boy thug AG Cooper would still think it was OK for police to act like this? Never in my life have ever seen an officer do anything like this in the State of North Carolina. But it’s ok that we taxpayers pay for a lawsuit for THUGS that do their work like this and are given CREDOS by Attorney General ROY COOPER. Sounds like If I were them I would be looking around for whoever might sit and lie in wait like they do on duty, and slam their head like that, when they are off-duty.

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