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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Wrightsville Beach not yet releasing video of incident that led to lawsuit


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- As we told you last night Wrightsville Beach and two of its police officers face a federal lawsuit for allegedly violating the civil rights of a town alderman's son.

Today we hoped to get a look at what happened, but the town said no.

Adam Mills, the son of Wrightsville Beach Alderman Darryl Mills, claims police violated his civil rights after a November 2011 DWI stop.

We asked for video from inside the police station of what happened.

The town's defense attorney Clay Collier said we would be able to get a copy because the event is not under criminal investigation.

Town Manager Tim Owens later told us that Town Attorney John Aessell would release the video today, but Wessell said today he needs time to review the video, even though the incident happened two years ago, and the lawsuit was filed July 1.

Wessell also questioned if the video is public record. We believe it is.

You may remember in 2011 video released from inside the Wrightsville Beach Police station helped clear a state trooper after a woman accused him of intimidation.

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If they have...

... nothing to hide, release the tape. Isn't that the same rational they use to justify all the surveillance used these days ? If you have nothing to hide, why do you mind being constantly watched ?

The door swings both ways guys.

Public Record

Anything that goes on in a police station is public record. Sounds like Mr. Wesell doesn't want the truth to come out.


So if a homicide investigator is interviewing a suspect, that is public record for all to hear and see when they want. I think not.


I agree. Ongoing Federal Lawsuit? That tape needs to stay private until the lawsuit is settled IMHO.