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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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  • guest28403

    All they have to do is look at the farce in Leland with Ben’s brother and General Jayne and to corruption at the LPD.. There have definitely been some troubling issues with WPD. One however I have no issue with is the 2 thugs who got shot robbing the Pizza Hut.. Those thugs got what they deserved 110%.. The problem is one good shooting by the cops followed by a jackbooted dog mauling legally to a surrendering prisoner/perp is unacceptable however.. Even if some say if he hadnt committed the crime and run from the cops it wouldnt have happened. Maybe so but there are still excessive force standards that have to be upheld and honestly the SBI needs to look into this case and consider action u pon this officers LEO certification.

  • Guest00000

    Thank you Hanson for speaking up and for raising a son who wanted to be a police officer. You could not pay me enough to be a police officer in Wilmington right now.
    I am certain the K9 officer cared less about the color of skin the man had. He was merely doing his job to stop a criminal with zero regard to race. For all the race baiters, did anyone think the grand jury that found no fault by the officer could have been made up of all black people?
    Race doesn’t matter. Had it been a white female doing what that man did that night I feel certain the reaction would have been the same by the officer.

  • wandap

    sounds like you are talking about Obama! If u really want to help the community,and save our country, why don’t u organize an anti-Obama movement to impeach him and repeal Obamacare? Do something to protect all of us. The actions they are talking about will encourage crime in our city. Criminals deserve what they get. We reap what we so!

  • nixon

    You’re an idiot! Not all black ppl are gang bangers and why are you even mentioning the president? What does he have to do with anything going on with WPD? Stick to the subject at hand, you disrespectful, racist, butthole!

  • Wes

    Some people don’t know how to make comments without insulting people. I’m a white male but I don’t judge people by thier race. I judge by thier actions. You made a great statement and I totally agree. The police department may have a few issues but overall they do a good job. Most people don’t understand what public safety officials see or go through. Tell your son thanks. We definitely need him out there.

  • kzpony

    Thank you! You are very right. I am Caucasian, and I don’t feel hostility to race, but I do feel hostility to the known threat out there that are gang thugs. These hurt the integrity of the race for these thugs to be culprits in senseless murders and fear-mongering among their own. It’s an anger and society most of us can’t understand. No one should understand. The shootings and stabbings are rampant around Wilmington, and it’s only a matter of time that someone totally unrelated to the circumstances and innocent bystanders…children, elderly, someone walking their dog….are included in some way (death, injury) and are the “coalitions” going to stand up then? This is not racial profiling…the City is finally taking a bold and needed stand on the perpetrators of violent crime. HAVE AT IT!!! Accessive force…I say GO FOR IT!!!

  • Mr. ZigZag

    If continue giving the “activist” an opportunity; then you should present both sides of the issue. Can’t believe the local news submits such one sided segments.

  • Mr. ZigZag

    Not certain about the 99% remark but most certainly agree that the activist should begin in the community to help prevent crime, if police are not called to the scene than no incident will occur.

    However, I must say that it is our duty to assure police do not overextend their power.

  • Angry Black Male

    There are some ignorant white folk in New Hanover!!!

  • Andy

    Exactly. Well said.

  • Gramps1945

    How do you know when your Police Chief is doing an good job ?

    When the local nut-case, hater, and his follower, form a two person “organization”, and demand his resignation.

    A good way to judge a man, is to look at his enemies.

  • Avery

    Hooray for all the racist comments that pertain to this news article. If people truly believe that racism is dead, all they would have to do is view this comment section and they would be proven wrong. Good ol fashioned racism in Wilmington! Kind of pathetic honestly.

  • 1492

    And look who just popped up from under a rock; why it’s crazy Charles Warren! Charles, currently out of any other opportunity to make a fool of himself in public has now, out of desperation, morphed himself into the role of a “community activist”.

    There’s only one thing that’s dumber than being Charles Warren. That would be affiliating oneself with an idiot like Charles Warren. Who in their right mind would do that? Actually no one. Who would be dumb enough to do that? Why that would be Sonya Patrick.

    The black community deserves better representation than these two buffoons.The very best thing either of them could do for the black community would be to disappear.

  • clown face

    This clown actually thought he was goining be voted as mayor of oak island? And she thinks she’s the cure for the gang problems? Get a grip on reality peopl! You are part of the problem not the solution.

  • Lisa’s Two Cents

    How many followers does this great NC Black Leadership man, Charles Warren, have ?

    Answer- 1

  • portcity

    Just a quick FYI. None of these incidents you are refer have been found to unjustified by a panel and/or SBI. None of these incidents involve innocent people!!

    These “leaders” need to spend more time and resources trying to help the young black children from starving or guidance and education before they grow up to be criminals and have to be chased down by the law!

    Always looking for an excuse to blame the MAN!

  • Deputy 25

    So getting rid of the chief is going to stop the THUGS IN CREEKWOOD and other places that blacks ho thug at??? You people are STUPID! ! how about you call for the THUGS to resign? ?? Morons

  • PublicAvenger

    Have you been in “Inner City Baltimore”, at night, over the last ten years? It’s a war-zone. It’s the good work of Chief Evangelous, trying to keep us from becoming another Baltimore.

  • Common Sense

    If these activists are given their way they would rather the citizens of this community be shot and killed including the police officers. Maybe we should just hold these thugs hands and tell them “Bad Boy”! Crime is not committed by just one race or gender. The fact is though that about 99% of the violent crimes and murders are committed by black males. What these activists should be fighting for is all people in this community that are vulnerable to these killers. I for one am tired of me and my family having to be concerned about these black males coming after the citizens in this community (again, crime is not specific to one race, but in this case most of these crimes are being committed by black males). Finally, these activists are ignorant if they think race relations are going to improve when they are protecting murderers instead of “All” people of this community. this is disgusting. Oh, and OJ was innocent.

  • Harvey Edge

    Evangelous should definitely go… He has obviously lost control of the department unless he is instructing this reckless use of police force.

  • Charles W.

    The Chief by most accounts is a good man. He might be two-faced, he might be part of the “blue code of silence” and corruption out of control in WPD and under Ed McMahon. DA Ben David is a corrupt politician no different, and in cahoots, with the politicians in Wilmington. The DA’s Office is corrupt. Sheriff Ed oversees a corrpt dept., but he has a large office and can’t constantly be everywhere all the time. Ben David has no such excuse. His staff has no excuse for turning away from wrongdoing suggesting a “you don’t report me, I wont report yu” office environment and these people like David are really politicians, not seekers of justice. They don’t care who’s lives they ruin, children with parents serving time or committing no crimes, and keeping the welfare cycle democrats like David need to fulfill their selfish goals no matter who at the lower levels of wilmington society they step on, families they destroy, kids they tear away from parents who are trying, and love, these children.

    Ben David says the right things in front of the cameras, but David, asst. DA ms. bright, and the office itself is in bed with politics. Have they ever solved a major crime, held an inflential official or citizen, accountable or swept under the rug anything that might hurt their political futures? Is our community safer with Ben David?

    Clearly, we know crime has gotten worse under Ben David, who’s busy planning his political future and abusing his power – in this region, the criminals have taken over the judges’ bench and DA’s Office. Ben David is to blame.

  • Tracie C

    Will you kindly tell me how you can swap “black” for “muslim”?? You are aware one is a RACE the other is a RELIGION, right?
    Now that you’re aware you can carry on with your racist hatred at least a little more well informed.

  • No. Only in America you ask some one to quit their job for doing their job, and you have Prsident that does nothing but run this counrty un the ground and you want him to stick around. I guess if the Chief was handing out money for dead beats you would want him to stuck around. Good Job Chief keep it up.

  • PublicAvenger

    I worked for Chief Evangelous, for several years. And he is the best chief, other then Simpson, that I have ever worked for.

    This is ridiculous. If you want to see what Charles Warren is all about, just click on his name in the yellow “Read More”, section, just under the date line. You will see almost 3 pages worth of cry-wolf racism, gotcha-whitey, tactics, News Stories. This situation is no different.

    I’ve never even heard of this “group”. I doubt there aren’t even five members. When you have to use deadly force, some people aren’t gonna like it. All they can see is skin color.

    Chief Evangelous is not “politically correct”, he does not give in to special interests. He stands up for his officers, when they are right. And a small number of people don’t like him, because of this.

  • Hanson

    Some of the commenters on here are obviously hostile to members of the African American community, and I do not appreciate the tone of some of these writers.

    That said, however, I must say, as a black resident of Wilmington, that Chief Evangelous, a man I know personally, is doing a good job.

    Not every African American supports every cause of the “Black Caucus” by any means. And in this case, the caucus is way out of line.

    Hello! We have a crime problem in Wilmington, and it is mostly young black males who are the perpetrators. The African American community MUST band together and denounce these senseless crimes committed mostly by young black males, and we need to stop blaming the police officers for doing their jobs. Their very dangerous jobs! (I ought to know because my son is a police officer, and you should hear his tales.)

  • Inspector Callahan

    I say give the chief a raise in pay. Good work chief!

  • nofaithnlaw

    What a waste of time these two bozos are! They are as stupid as they look!

  • guesticle

    What’s inexcusable is the actions of these criminals. Black, white, whatever – I hope they get more of the same. Our justice system is toothless, and criminals are treated far too well as it is. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line trying to keep our community safe, so their presence is most welcomed here. I’ve lived here my whole life, I’ve watched this once nice, quiet city turn into a dirty, overcrowded, drug-addled and crime-infested stinkhole. So if some moron got bit by a police dog, boo hoo. The entire situation was of his making. My only regret is that there are so many more like him in society. And that the dog was forced to let go.

    And shame on these black ‘leaders’ for making this a race issue, they do nothing to help the community they claim to advocate for. A criminal is a criminal, regardless of their color, race, gender, whatever. If you want equality, teach your people to equal the work ethic of other successful people, without regard to race, or what you were or weren’t given.

    To Mr. Evangelous and all local law enforcement: thank you and stay safe.

  • Here’s an idea. WWAY, stop giving them the opportunity to spew this trash.

  • Legacy

    Glad someone is bringing attention to the WPD for their recent irresponsible actions. They are out of control and need to be reeled in. Change starts at the top so i agree Evangelous must go.

  • bhambywayofwilmy

    WPD is bush league…..They do very little outreach within the community, they have very little interaction with the public, there process lacks the transparency it takes to build trust in the community. Clean house and lets start new, bring in someone from Philly, Baltimore or delaware to clean up our beautiful city.

  • a citizen of wilmington

    The only thing here more laughable than requesting the Chief to step down is those two calling themselves community activist. The methods the WPD has used in the years the Chief has been here has resulted in much lower crime rates, thus improving the quality of life for all citizens! That is what as true community activist does. Now the nation is on a downtrend since 2008 the hardest hit are those the federal government promised hope change and prosperity too. And its being reflected in a lack of civil discord. We do need to reach out but I’ll stand side by side what the chief is doing is bettering the lives of lawabiding citizens in many communitys. If these two want to be productive stand up and blast the behavior of the criminals, plea for others not to put themselves in that position. Accountability of the instigators/the criminals has to be at the forefront of the work. If intervention is not completed ahead of time it mean reaction becomes the governing accountability.At at that point its too late for those individuals.

  • MG

    It looks like the attention-getters and race-baiters are at it again. While no police department is perfect, their problems are no where near the gang-related, black-on-black crime issues.

    IF these people really cared about the community, they would be working in the crime-ridden neighborhoods to spread the message that way too many young black men are making a mockery of the message of Dr. Martion Luther King.

  • Logan

    Send her and her Cronies to Creekwood at night, bet she won’t Go

  • Clayton bigsby

    Guess what just happened on princess place drive,,,, shots fired.. \Must be the white people/ NEGATIVE gang banger thugs. Most African Americans are more Racist than any white person. where is the White organization for white peoples rights??? oh that’s right that would make us racist to stick up and believe in out selves. PS Obama is not black he is Muslim.

  • helpout

    The only problem I see is blacks killing blacks. You need to get off your butts and help your people and put the blame where it belongs. You asked for an investigation on all the actions the police has taken and they all have come back in the favor of the police.

    So, you and your groups of police haters need to get off your butts and get into the black community to stop the violence. However, I know you are to scared to go into these areas. You are not doing your job to serve and protect your people either.

  • windy

    The only thing Chief Evangelous is guilty of is taking an active approach to clearing our streets of gang violence. For that, he should be commended. Perhaps the “Black Caucus” should focus their energies on educating their “members” on how to behave in a civilized society. It seems to me if said individuals do not engage in unlawful activities, they have no reason to ever come into contact with Chief Evangelous or his hard-working officers in the first place.

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