FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: WBPD releases video, says state cleared officers

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Submitted: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 7:20pm
Updated: Sat, 08/31/2013 - 11:49pm

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach has released videos that show what happened inside its police station Nov. 8, 2011, that has led a town alderman’s son to file a federal lawsuit against the town and two police officers.

Adam Mills, son of Alderman Darryl Mills, claims Ofc. Jesse McCubbins and Cpl. Jimmy Rich harassed him after a DWI stop that night and later assaulted him at the police station.

The video shows Mills being belligerent toward the officers, which he admits to in his lawsuit. It also shows one of the officers apparently punching Mills after Mills was slow to comply with the other officer’s orders and continued to call the officer vulgar names.

“Investigations by the Town and by the North Carolina Department of Justice resulted in the determination that the actions of the two officers were not in violation of police department policies and that no criminal charges against the two officers were warranted,” the town said in a statement released with the video today.

Town Manager Tim Owens says the police chief requested the state investigate the incident in 2011.

A DOJ spokeswoman told us the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division reviewed WBPD’s internal investigation at the request of the District Attorney and declined to bring criminal charges.

“The Town believes that a release of the video tape documentation of the events of November 8, as requested by the media, is in the best interest of the citizens of Wrightsville Beach and as such, with the consent of Mr. Mills and his attorney, has decided to release copies of the video,” the town’s statement said.

Mills claims he became belligerent to the officers because they were taunting him about the effect his 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.

“This case is about law enforcement’s duty to all of us – to follow basic and standard police practice and policy, and to respect the protections afforded to citizens under North Carolina law and the US Constitution, regardless of the officers’ personal feelings about an individual,” Mills’s attorney Katy Parker said in a statement to WWAY.

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45 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: WBPD releases video, says state cleared officers"

2015 years 8 months ago

Deddie? Yeah your Deddie must be proud of you, loser.

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

I have known Adam my entire life and he is a great person. Anyone on here that is bashing him obviously does not know him or his family. He has had a steady job for years and does not take money from his parents. He may have made a mistake but he was standing up for his father after these cops were heckling him. I would do the same thing for my dad. He was not resisting arrest he was already in cuffs. The cop came out of no where and broke his nose. If that is not police brutality then what is? WB cops are a bunch of losers anyway.

2015 years 8 months ago

This video is disturbing. You can clearly see this fool is intoxicated and running his mouth. However these officer’s of the law basically took a cheap shot at a citizen that was restrained in handcuffs. Terrible demonstration of a well trained official of the law. I have been teaching MMA for the past 25 years and #1 rule is to respect every person you encounter. These officers are bullies behind a badge. Awful!!
Besides most officers have no clue how to fight and usually have jello for a chin.

2015 years 8 months ago

It seems you’ve had quite a bit of trouble with them,(And the bottle) through the years- Adam.