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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A man Leland Police arrested during a June 2011 domestic situation has filed a federal lawsuit against the town and the two former police officers involved in the incident.

WWAY was first to report about the incident in February 2012. And in May, WWAY was first to report the alleged victim, Darryl Langley had asked the town to pay him $100,000 for what happened.

In his lawsuit, Langley claims police violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Langley says he was working in his home on June 11, 2011, when two Leland Police officers escorted his former girlfriend Aimee Coleman inside, and that then-Sgt. Hank Smith had his gun drawn.

Langley claims Smith threatened and insulted Langley before arresting him on a warrant that did not exist. During the time Langley was handcuffed in a patrol car, he claims officers allowed Coleman to take anything she wanted out of the home without any evidence of who owned the items.

Langley claims Smith left him in an overheated patrol car for about an hour while Smith helped Coleman carry items that did not belong to her from the home.

After allegedly assisting in the move, Sgt. Smith and Ofc. Andrew Correll, the letter says, took Langley to the Brunswick County Jail for a criminal summons on a worthless check. According to the suit, deputies immediately released Langley from jail because he had been falsely arrested. Leland Police later refused to let Langley file a report about what happened, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit claims the items taken from Langley’s home are worth more than $10,000. The suit asks for at least that much to cover the cost of the items taken plus punitive damages and attorney fees.

Smith and Correll no longer work for Leland PD. Smith quit in May five days after the letter asking the town to pay Langley because of the incident. Correll also quit amidst his own legal troubles. Last fall Correll and another officer resigned after Wilmington Police cited them for fighting on a downtown street

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21 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Man files federal lawsuit against Leland, former cops"

2015 years 10 months ago

Yeah, that makes total sense. Lets just not have a police department at all. Meanwhile there’s people walking in my yard in broad daylight trying to steal rims. How about we fix the problem instead of having knee-jerk reactions.

Leland Resident
2015 years 10 months ago

Man Leland Cops just cant stay out of the news, I belive their all corrupt and need to be shut down!

2015 years 10 months ago

I appreciate your service as a police officer, but if you don’t like the training rules here, then you are free to go somewhere else. That was one purpose the founding fathers had in making the states sovereign.

I do agree with you that people with criminal records should not be hired as police officers.Someone with no respect for the laws should not be entrusted to enforce the laws. They should not be placed in authority over anyone else.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think you have mistaken your training in another state as another country. You seem to forget that All over the US there are bad seeds wherever you go. How many times has the news posted about other states Law Enforcement not doing it right? Since you walk on water why don’t you just take on all the crime yourself and see how far that gets you. The laws in the State you “come from” are clearly not the same laws in this state nor is the policy that makes up the laws. And if your “Great Training” is so much better and your “State” is so Grand go BACK HOME!

Former LEO
2015 years 10 months ago

What this state needs to do is change the BLET Rules. Myself and other retired Officers from other states have been held back from being hired because of the need to be BLET certified. I guess 20 years in other departments with better training academies does not mean a thing here. Why would someone in their right mind do 20 plus years with another Police Department and then come here and be required to do another Police training course. I think our training is 100 percent above what they teach here. Where I come from if you have any kind of criminal record you will not be hired, I know for a fact that does not apply in this state. This is the old boy network at its best.
Hire crap and you’ll have crap forever says who, the real men in blue.

Guest fund
2015 years 10 months ago

The guy who spends his money on ignorant rims for his car wants to talk about making sense???

2015 years 10 months ago

anybody that has put in 20 years in another state and doesn’t have the fortitude to sit thru 4 month’s of BLET does not have the motivation nor the desire to be a NC LEO, if you were truly happy with your career choice you would have stayed where you were at or furthered your education to advanced.

2015 years 10 months ago

Former? How about staying that way, if all you can do is post stupid crap. You have no idea what’s going on.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m honestly not sure if you’re sincere about what you posted, or you’re just out to make people laugh.

Yes, 20 years as a cop is impressive, no matter where it happens. But to think that you can’t learn anything new is ridiculously arrogant. Are you SERIOUSLY suggesting that law enforcement practices are the same as they were 10…20…years ago? Because if you are, I’m now seriously doubting you were ever a cop.

It’s fabulous that you come from a place with such superior training and academies. Since you still want to be a cop…and since your training and academies are 100% better…why are you still here?

Hire pompous jackasses and you’ll forever have braying donkeys, says cops and jurisdictions who require more than what you have.

2015 years 10 months ago

California fought on the side of the Union. Therefore anyone from California is a yankee.

By the way, if you hadn’t criticized the way we do things, then the yankee business wouldn’t have been brought up. So, if you don’t want people pointing out the fact that you are a yankee, then you shouldn’t act like one.

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s amazing how Yankees remember how great everything was in their memories of the magical mystical wonderland called “up north”. In reality, they have allowed their cities to become sewers and they fled to the safety of the south. Feel free to migrate back where you came from and the Mayberry cops will do just fine.
The fact that you made those idiotic remarks about other LEO’s says everything about you especially when the large northern city police departments are known for their corruption.

2015 years 10 months ago

No what that means is you pay the sheriffs dept to work the area. That would definitely be an upgrade.

Former LEO
2015 years 10 months ago

How did this become a Yankee thing. Where in the story did I mention being from up north.
I am from California, stop fighting the war, remember your lost.
The west coast is not Yankee land.

40 year vet
2015 years 10 months ago

I am a 40 year vet, of the Philadelphia Police Department, my Experience is only a part of my ability to enforce the law, the training I have received includes knowing the laws of the State and the Local Laws/procedures, while experience would be a plus anywhere knowing the rules is paramount. To suggest that one State’s training is better then another is pure arrogance.

The rules of NC(BLET)are to ensure that all LEO’s receive the proper training in the laws and procedures of NC, just because you have 20 years experience with your particular Dept. in no way makes you eligible to enforce the laws in this State, if you want to continue your career then enroll in the training.

The Phila. PD, doesn’t allow experienced LEO’s from another jurisdiction to join our Dept, without completing our Academy, why should any other Dept.

2015 years 10 months ago

To know the laws is one thing but knowing when and how the right time to enforce them is another. To many officers let emotions get in the way of making the right decision. I guess you have not been here long enough to see that this kind of enforcement happens here on a daily basis. As for enrolling in another BLET class, not going to happen. I’ll stay with my hefty pension and current Federal job.
You should apply, you sound like you would fit right in.
You stated I could not enforce the laws in this state, let me ask you this.
Is Robbery or burglary any different in this state then any other state?
Maybe I am missing something here.
The way it sounds, you were either a supervisor or a desk jockey.

2015 years 10 months ago

The land of fruits and nuts.

sign in
2015 years 10 months ago

It’s not just Leland. A couple of cops from another nearby small town, including their chief, threatened to arrest my husband a couple of times for “trespassing” on public property. Huh? Then three of them came stomping onto our porch and threatened him some more. And then they didn’t arrest him because, well, he wasn’t trespassing. Come to find out later that they are not allowed to threaten arrest without actually doing it, but they make up the rules as they go along, and they always side with their girlfriends.

Good ol’ boys don’t realize their ways don’t work anymore. They will, sooner or later though.

Patrick Timothy Wayne O'Dell
2015 years 10 months ago

I found out my wife was cheating on me in 1997. I told her I wanted a divorce and she and I agreed she would find her self a new place to live since it was not the first time she had cheated on me. During the time she was supposed to be finding herself a place to live, it came to my attention that she was setting me up. She purposefully got me angry one night in particular, poking at me, threatening to take my children and I told her she was to pack a bag and leave. She informed me that I would be the one leaving that night. She picked up the phone and called 911. Seconds after she made the call a car was at my house. Turned out to be a friend of hers and there was a cell phone call to the Leland Police Dept. during the month she was supposedly finding herself a new place. He asked me for a knife which I did not have one. I had previously taken her sam’s club card, ss card, and drivers license and gave them to her and told her to leave. I was immediately arrested and place in to the back of the car. I watch as they walked around like old friends would and they would disappear around the house and back and forth. Officer Barnhill, my wife’s friend came to my door and told me that there was some money missing from my wife. I told him I did not take any money from her or her person. The money I had on me was mine. Officer Barnhill was aided by some other deputies and police by this time and he stated to me that he could not make me give up the money to my wife but he did not have to go anywhere or make a decision to go to the jail until I voluntarily, out of the goodness of my heart, gave up the money to support my family while I am in jail. I told the officer that the money was mine and I did not have to give it to anyone. He again, after he started thumping his fingers on the top of his car stated that we did not have to go anywhere til his shift was over. He forced me to give up the money that was part of my last paycheck to my wife. He assisted her in robbing me, not of more than $10,000.00 but robbery is robbery. This same officer stood in the way of me filing a report as did the head officer in charge at that time. When I went to court for the Assault on a female charge, the officer, Barnhill, took the witness stand and told the court that I admitted to everything my wife had told the court that day. Except the cheating part. He said he did not even have to say anything to me, that I raised my hands and began telling him all that had happened that very night. Elva Jess was my wife’s, Wendy Murpy’s, attorney and together they offered me twenty four hours UNSUPERVISED VISITATION with my children every week. Now, if I did not admit to beating my wife up to get my children, why in the hell would I admit something I did NOT do to the arresting officer who is a friend of my wife and was there to arrest me so she could move me out of the house and move her boyfriend, Jeffrey Murphy in to my home and over my children two weeks after the court case.??? Mr. Langley is not the only one Leland Police has abused their authority on and it has been going on for a very long time. I would even be willing to take a witness stand against the abuses of Leland Police and Brunswick County Sheriff.

Southern Child
2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone is missing the bigger picture. In our society, if a woman says it, it is true. Many an officer has been led astray by women playing the abuse card to wreak vengeance on an ex. And you know she was playing the abuse card if she showed up with all those people. Women lie. They ruin lives with their lies, and the legal system will not touch them. Woe to a male if he is attacked by a woman. He has to either get hurt or try to run. If you don’t believe me, ask the Wilmington firefighter who lost his job, the Duke lacrosse players, or Jodi Arias’ ex–oops, he’s dead. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and women are emotional bullies, which means they will often use others to do their bullying for them. I’m glad someone is being held accountable, but girlfriend should be held accountable too. Oh, and I am a girl.

beach guy
2015 years 10 months ago

What the really big picture is is that this persons fourth amendment rights we stomped all over by these two uniformed police officers.
The right to be free from unlawful search and seizure is what protects all of us from becoming victims of our own government. Not only should this person be awarded any damages but the two cops should be arrested for breaking and entering armed robbery theft false imprisonment kidnapping along with the woman whom entered the home and removed this mans lawful possessions with the assistance of armed intruders. How is this any different from what OJ in Vegas did and he got nine years? If these three individuals are not charged in this case we should kick out the DA and all of his staff for not doing so!

2015 years 10 months ago

Taking your word as being a former LEO and not knowing exactly what state or county you spent your 20 year career in, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. However, to think that you had any better training than any other LEO’s in the state of North Carolina would be arrogant not to mention irresponsible. Even though the crimes may be called the same some of the elements can be different. Not to mention you wouldn’t be enforcing just one or two laws but all of them. Therefore, it is wise that you stay retired and working for the Feds because, if you truly wanted to continue being an LEO you wouldn’t have retired. Also, by the way you have stated some of your posts it appears that you may have some animosity due to the fact that people may have been promoted over you and that you were unable to advance yourself. Therefore, you anger is misplaced.

The real problem is that like the rest of society there are those who are bad apples. Some officers do abuse their powers and the selection process in most departments try to weed these people out. However, you stated that where you’re from they didn’t hire people like these officers. I would have to say that you have your rose colored glasses on, because if you came from a small or large department someone or several individuals were responsible for internal investigations due to complaints on an officer. And, I’m sure that if we did research on the department that you came from there might have been some of the same issues as with these two LEO’s. Therefore, trying to degrade one State or department because you believe you had better training is being conceited and unfounded. As you would know, if in fact you were an LEO, that when incidents like this occur it gets amplified due to the nature of the job and the oath that you would’ve taken and then everyone gets put under the microscope and lumped together. This in fact gives every LEO a black eye so to speak, who tries to do their very best and tries to be impartial to the situation at hand. If I were you, I would feel ashamed to think any less about another LEO without having first hand knowledge of the people your talking about.

As for all others who want to comment on how an officer handles a situation; First, do you have all the facts? Second, if you were placed in the same situation how would you react? Third, remember that an officer may only have a split second to make a decision where you may have the local news to play the instant replay. Finally, if you weren’t there what you say is only an opinion and we all know what opinions are!


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