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FIRST ON 3: Community activists call for Wilmington police chief's resignation


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Several recent incidents involving Wilmington Police have wound up under state investigation. That's prompted some to say officers are not doing their jobs to serve and protect.

Sonya Patrick, New Hanover County's representative to the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, and former Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren say the police department is out of control and Chief Ralph Evangelous is to blame.

"There have been too many incidents that call for investigations, and the last video is just inexcusable," Patrick said of a WPD K-9 officer brought before a grand jury for his use of his dog at the end of a police chase.

"The community is not even safe with the way that the officers are responding, and especially that last incident with the police lifting the dog up, putting him in the car when the guy is sitting there with both his hands up," Warren said.

Even though state investigations have cleared several officers in recent shootings and a grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved in the dog bite incident, Patrick says the use of excessive force needs to end along with Chief Evangelous's job at WPD.

"These are investigations that have already taken place. They came back with the results. Now we're asking for his resignation because this has to stop, and it's not stopping. It's just getting worse," she said.

This afternoon Evangelous responded to the criticism in a statement.

"My job as your chief of police is to ensure that the actions of our officers are monitored and that our ethics and standards are not compromised," Evangelous said. "I will continue to take full advantage of the resources afforded to me to examine these incidents fully. While that may draw criticism from some, it is a matter of maintaining public and employee trust in me and the department."

In his statement Chief Evangelous says he recently met with community leaders to provide information on the use-of-force investigations. Neither Patrick nor Warren were on the list of those who have met with the chief.

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Is this guy a "Reverend" ? I

Is this guy a "Reverend" ? I know most of em are.

I have never heard anyone

I have never heard anyone refer to Charles Warren as one of those "reverends". He is just an idiot who had no business being in an elected office and Brunswick County did the right thing in getting rid of him. The only thing is that his successor isn't all that great.

LORD help us

Reading all the hate comments.I went to Williston high school, graduated 1959, should I tell you about race problems but we made it. I did 20 years in law enforcement in New York, I returned 1995 to a very bad community, crime, drugs, the area was blight but we started a community watch and made many changes. I also started a program for teenages, with the help of volunteers, we did a great job. I'm older now but willing to do anything I can to help my people and city. I wrote an proposal I know would work, I went to many for help, builders who have house all over Wilmington, he said he didn't have any money, the city, never got a response and several other organizations to no prevail. I know the program would help it worked for me in New York. We have to take back our own community, stop sitting and wanting everyone to do your job. Little things work in 2000, I gave senior citizen whistles at 7pm everynight the seniors put 0n their porch light went on porch and blew their whistles, it worked. In 1999 we held an old fashion sit-in, in front of drug area it worked.It take all of us to work together and get a grip on this racist behavior, I personally don't care who like me white or black as long as I have GOD on my side I'll be alright. It's funny, I have many friends retired and want to move here, I tell them DON'T. I've been sick that's why I have not been to the meeting.I thought we had freedom of speech, we must have with all that hate I read,so the two who spoke out can say and feel what they want. Get it together people, we are losing the fight, let's take back our community.

Are you kidding me? Two

Are you kidding me? Two many people want to blame someone for the actions of others. Why is it always got to do with Race! If you commit a crime it doesn't matter what color you are. A crime is a crime and most of it is accruing in certain neighborhoods. Now how is that the fault of anyone but the persons in that neighborhood. Wake up! blaming others for actions of thugs is stupid. Let me ask you a question ? Do those thugs pay your rent or bill? Do those thugs help out in the community. Also why is that every time there is a crime in the streets no one ever knows who did it. Why? But there's always someone to defend them! Oh he's a good boy and would never do anything wrong. WAKE UP! Take some responsibility

The Officer, Dog and Grand Jury

The Grand Jury saw fit to not find the Duty Officer at "fault" so they let him fly...Now it seems everyone wants to blame Chief Evangelous.hmmm? Something seems amiss as we are being told that almost everybody wants to "dump" our Chief....Folks, let's watch and be careful as there seems to be a move afoot to get rid of our fine Chief as it seems , behind closed doors. OOPS!!! They blamed the wrong"authority" in this "dog incident".. lol lol....Fire the Grand Jury, not our fine Chief of Police ....There is no question in my mind...That "dog tossing" Police Officer surely should be punished in some way and not too lightly!!!! Amen

Putting Yourself In Someone Else's Shoes

As a person who grew up on Greenfield Street here in Wilmington, and has seen, and been victim to crime(recently had my home broken into)I respect the fact that police officers have a tough job. Decisions have to be made in a split second, or people may get hurt. Not only do they have to make those decisions, but they have to be the right ones...100 percent of the time. After a 20 minute chase, multiple cars ran into and countless things that could have happened, someone innocent getting injured or killed, we can only armchair quarterback at how we would have reacted. Flashing lights blinding him, sirens within 3 feet of your ears, him concentrating on getting his equipment (his dog) ready to work, the officer may not have seen his hands up immediately. Only he knows. But just imagine, the guy gets away again and kills your family member. A dog bite is a small price to pay for my safety..I'm thinking most people secretly want him to toss a dog through that window.

The Chief of Police

Regarding "The DOG Case", the " Court authorities" found the officer not guilty of any illegal action. It was not the Chief's legal position to make that decision.... Let's "Get Off His Back"


they can go national with their concerns.

Enlist Reverend Barber; and all 3 could appear on Fox News Sunday. The show's focus is on gun violence and control.

Great opportunity for them to plead their case. Of course, how will they react when Fox News presents statistics and demographics which show the root cause of the problem in Wilmington.

No doubt then they would lay the blame on McCrory or Bush.

Chief Evangelous

LaCreme, People like you, with your limited, entitled mentality ARE the problem! I grew up here; did you? Just curious; anyway, I purposely never used the term Black or White to my child when he was little. I remember when he first asked me about it when he was young. He said, "So Mom, some people are tan and some people are brown?" He thought his father was 'brown' because his skin tone is darker than mine or my son's. I thought it was so cute and innocent. Society taught him differently as he grew. He had something missing from his desk at school one day as as he asked around if anyone had seen it, 3 people said they saw a certain kid take it. He nicely asked the black kid if he had seen it; just as he had asked white kids. The boy said, "I ain't taken a damn thing from you and you are just sayin that cause I'm black!" My son came home very hurt from that comment because it had NOTHING to do with race. Then, and only then, is when I had to have a "talk" about reverse racism! So keep sitting up there on your self-entitled pedestal. I have never owned a slave, and you have never been a slave. I have been a woman though and if I blamed every man on this earth for how some of us have been wrongly paid or treated; I'd feel like the piece of trash I was acting like. Do some soul searching; not finger pointing!

Police officers were wrong

I don't know the chief. But I do know he can't be with his officers at every use of force decision. But as a police officer I can say that any professional thoughtful empathetic police officer knows that when it is over, it is over, regardless of what the suspect has done. The days of you ran so here is some street justice from us on the scene are long gone; at least at any professional well led progressive agency. The officer caught a break from a grand jury that dropped the ball. But he should be relieved of his duties as a K-9 officer if this is the judgment he has. Suspect or not, we are sworn to protect and serve; not protect and punish. When a suspect has his hands in the air and wants to give up, a personal assault is wrong and is a crime. I hope the chief at least knows this.

Tired of it

NAACP needs to mind their business. Your a worthless organization that causes conflict. This man run from law, endangered lives, etc. He better be glad he was not shot. NAACP leave and never come back!!!

No matter what race, if you

No matter what race, if you break the Law, you've got to realize there are consequences to your Actions. Think of all the Others that could've been hurt or killed had this man been allowed to keep going. Isn't that what's wrong with Society Today??? Too Easy on Them!!! Keep Up the Good Work Chief, I'm sure the Tax Payers wouldn't mind if You stepped it up…….Just Sayin"

We Support You

Its tough being the face of a large organization, being on the blame line. Great job Chief E. Great job WPD. Thank you for what you do, everyday, every night, for every one of us. Its a thankless job, as shown by the comments below, but thank you.

Chief E and WPD is doing a terrific job - PLEASE KEEP IT UP! Do not back down, do not bow to small minded criticism. The streets have been safer, and your hard work is paying off.

Thank you!


Wilmington is a racist state. When they had the post for sandy hook and all the other mass shootings the shooter was white. People barely said anything about the shooter. It was awwwww the children. They never said nothing about the color of the man skin. Aan runs from the police and because he black all I hear is serves him right. And black this and black that. Us blacks have to understand that nc is a slave state. We will forever be put on the bottom stair because the way the whites believe is what they were taught. Just like they had the talk about sex they have the talk about blacks. They are taight never to trust us,never to talk to us, never get to close to us. They are also taught to never let us win. When blacks gained their freedom that was it. They have figure out a way to suppress us. We are a powerful race

Love it ! LaCreme !!!!!!!!!

Love it ! LaCreme !!!!!!!!! Both NC and SC are slave states!


Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why you little

Why you little DARE you! How dare you lump all white people with the racist trash here!
I was NEVER taught to put anyone on the "bottom stair". I NEVER had a talk with my children (who were born in this racist state) about black people. Never ONCE have I instructed them not to talk to, trust or get close to a black person.
I've done some checking today and have yet to find anyone here keeping a slave. Are you being held against your will somewhere? Let me know, I'll come and kick the crap out of your "owner".
Your hypocritical attitude is seriously annoying. You can NOT be a racist while at the same time condemning other racists. You do understand you are EXACTLY like the white racists you are so quick to put down?
The all out racial crap in this city is disgusting. It's antiquated and shows how little intellect people really have.
p.s. when you run from the police for over 20 minutes AFTER you've already stopped then started running again, speeding at 50mph on neighborhood streets, bumping police cars out of your way you deserve EVERYTHING you get. I don't care if your skin is hot friggin PINK.

Powerful? Wow, you really

Powerful? Wow, you really think that way?
Wilmington is a city, not a State. Public school failed you I see.
Only thing powerful is the messages that is being sent to you thug and gang bangers. Like shooting an officer. See what that got one man? Dead.
Running from cops and possibly drinking blowing a checkpoint and endangering innocent people... a dog mauling.
Powerful race? You mean killing one another and terrorizing law abiding citizens in your pathetic wake. Yeah, you all look really powerful.

racist state?

1) Wilmington is a city, I'm almost sure of it.

2) A mass shooting is terrible, but luckily few and far between. Black crime is something we could set our watch to.

3) Slave state? I'm not going to even stoop to that level of stupidity.

4) I was never given "The Birds and the Blacks" talk, but your troll level is top notch.

5) Feeling entitled does not make one powerful- instead it makes one seem petty and helpless.

YOU are the racist

LaCreme, You are the racist. When blacks gained their freedom, how many white and black AMERICANS died for that, for you, for our, OUR, country? No, whites aren't taught to not let you win, people are taught to win. Are you saying that people, white or not, should LET black people "win"? Really?
If you are "put on the bottom stair", its because you let someone put you there. Put yourself where you want to be. If you're waiting for someone to give you something, you're going to get the scraps, like a dog. If you want more, get out there and do something for yourself.

Are you kidding me?

What the hell is wrong with you? Did you seriously just compare the slaughter of innocent school kids with the death of gang banging, law breaking thugs??

The only ones suppressing your race is YOUR race. Your statement about what whites are 'taight' is a bunch of horse crap. You DO realize this mentality is why your race doesn't progress, right? And, you do realize that blacks are more hung up on skin color than any other race, right?

FYI - Whitey ain't keeping you down, LaCreme. This is life - you determine whether or not you win - no one owes you damn thing.

And....Wilmington, isn't a state.

Community Activist

Wonder if any of them have ever held a "real" job. Just agitating,

RIP Assistant Police Chief Monica Carey

A former Wilmington Police Officer, Monica Carey, who would later become assistant chief, in Clayton, was run over and killed, by a chase suspect, 12 years ago.

I believe they had him boxed in. He pretended to surrender. Several officers surrounded the vehicle. Then he hit the gas, striking and killing Monica.


1. When is the last time you heard when a Black Cop shoots a White Person?
2. When is the last time you heard when a White person is killed by a Black person?
3. When is the last time you heard of a White Organization marching over the killing of a White Person?

You don't. Because the White folk would be racist. But we can have the NAACP, the UNNF, UNNC, and we can have all Black Colleges.

If you have an all White College, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be protesting.

Everytime a Black person gets shot by a white person, it makes the front news in the Media. Where is the ACLU, NAACP, at when it's black on black? No where to be seen. I would say "African Americans", but it don't think half of the blacks in America have never been to Africa.
We are all "Americans". Somebody once said "Can't we all get along"?

Jason-I'm not sure about your "marching" point.

Something tells me two were marching all around in the street, jumping up and down, and hooping and hollering, for joy, when the OJ Simpson "verdict" was read.

WPD Corruption

I my wrote wway months ago telling them how corrupt the WPD was after my husband and I were pulled and approached with guns to our head on the MLK Parkway during rush hour and was made to lift shirt! Now you all want to talk about it! After I tried to file a complaint, they threatened to arrest me!

No surprise

I filed a complaint with the Lt. over internal affairs at WPD and it disappeared into thin air. It appears he blocks investigations on certain people.


WHO'S NOT SAFE??? The people robbing stores and restaurants?? The people running from the police?? GOOD!! They should NOT be SAFE! Commit armed robbery and you might get shot! Run from the police and your butt might get chewed up by a K-9! People calling for resignation is what puts the city in danger.


What idiots, It appears if

What idiots, It appears if they can defend their peoples any further for committing these crimes, they'll turn to criticizing the police. Seems like the chief and the police need a raise, great work, don't let up.


We have a judicial system. They have spoken. Where "were" you? Not going to the meetings to end gang violence, but you can sit there and don't read the news. It's a shame when we have someone at the PD trying to end the violence, and you promote it. Watch the news and quit trying to be part of it. Over the past two months these thugs have been trying to take over Wilmington and surrounding counties, and you activists are promoting it. What do you want, fire the Chief for doing his job and hire someone that will condone the violence? The Cops aren't going out there every night trying to find someone to use force against. They just want to cover their shift and go home safe. Ride with them one night, see what happens.. You would be amazed. If a cop gets shot you seldom read or hear about it. No one, not even cops put a gun in someones hand and forces them to use it. Cops are trained to use "non-lethal" force. But, they are also, by law, required to use the amount of force to constitute the arrest and protect the citizens. I dare to say, if someone robs you or injures you in a chase, you would be wondering where the po po was when you needed them. The Chief is doing an excellent, and I ask that you "resign" from your support of this gang bangers.