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ONLY ON 3: WPD, NHCSO named in illegal strip search suit

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A complaint filed in federal district court alleges that two Wilmington Police officers and a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy violated a man's rights when they performed a strip search on him in public.

On the night of Feb. 5, 2011, Dennis Debock was giving two friends who had too much to drink a ride, when Wilmington Police Officers William Morris and Michael Habash pulled him over on Red Cross Street.

"They searched him about five times trying to find something and obviously they were looking for something,” said Debock's attorney Katy Parker.

Debock refused to let the officers search his car, but after prescription Adderall was found in his pocket a K9 unit was called in.

After the K9 allegedly alerted his handler there were drugs in the car, Debock says Deputy Robert Mills performed a public strip search in front of an on-looking crowd.

"He was falsely accused of being a drug addict, and then he was strip searched, and essentially sexually assaulted on the side of the road in front of a crowd of spectators,” Parker said.

Officers charged Debock with possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing prescribed medications in unlabeled bottles, but both charges were later dismissed by the district attorney’s office.

Now Debock is seeking justice from those who are sworn to protect and serve.

"This was a very embarrassing, upsetting, and humiliating experience for him and a scary experience," Parker said. "He felt like if he didn't stand up and challenge this that it might happen to other people, and he really wants to prevent this from happening to anybody else."

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the story because it is a pending lawsuit. A Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman has yet to return our call.

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It will only keep getting

It will only keep getting worse. NHSD NEEDS HELP!!! Hopefully new sheriff will clear it up!!!

-Concerned FORMER citizen

Interesting...

How do you "essentially" sexually assault someone Ms. Parker? It's either sexual assault - or it isn't. For people that have been a victim of sexual assault, this attempt to sensationalize your case with such a insinuation is a slap in their face. If a sexual assault did occur, it would have been included in the lawsuit. Especially if it occurred on the side of the road in front of a bunch of spectators. Stooping this low is the kind of crap that gives lawyers a bad name.

Is that all you got to

Is that all you got to attack his lawyer I think everybody knows including the lawyers that they are just a liar for hire. Let's talk about the real story here the possible violation of Mr. Debock's civil rights by the very people that are supposed to protect those same rights.

In Public

Are you kidding me.....this really didn't happen did it..?

Too bad they'll probably never suffer any consequences.

That just seems to be the way it is these days.

On another note ... "giving two friends who had "drank" too much a ride" ... Nice grammar there, ace reporter ... You must have been one of the posters who voted to blow off make up school days in the latest poll.

Another embarrassment

This is just another long list of embarrassments for the NHSD. Bring Sid back!!!!!

Idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Apparently YOU have never worked for "Good ole Sid"! He was not only a crook but a tyrant as well. The meanest most untrustworthy human being on the planet. No wonder he only got "9" votes for County Commission election several years ago. In fact didn't Berger beat him for the seat? Well he can add that to his accomplishments. HAH!!! He was the one that started all this stuff to begin with. "Fix the problems" what a joke he was the problem. This is why Ed McMahon is having so much trouble now trying to fix "Good ole Sid's" mistakes such as Rhonda Smith and her controlling ways which Sid trained her to do.

Sid's past is his own worst enemy! Of course being a former Carolina Beach Lifeguard what does one expect from trash. It is what it is!

Sid just proved one thing! Idiot! What public official endorses a man for a job, lets him work the job for almost three terms and then take it back. What a joke. And by the way why would we elect a person that is as sickly as him. He probably will croak in office if given any chance at all.

Enough Marc

That's enough, Marc. . . calm down!

Let Sid stay home

Think back to when we had Sid. How many lawsuits were filed against the department when he was sheriff? A LOT! Do you not remember all the media blitz about all the problems that happened during his reign? I think he needs to stay home and keep drawing his retirement.

Have fun in prison, officers!

Have fun in prison, officers!

Time

What part of civil did you not understand?

not taking their side. they

not taking their side. they were wrong!!! very wrong if this is how it went down. it is a civil rights case, they cant plead the 5th nor will they go to prison.

Well good for you Dennis it

Well good for you Dennis it is ashame that you have to hire an attorney to protect your rights when these officers get paid to violate them.

Search

I think they should change their uniforms to fit their actions,something in all black with a red and white arm band a deaths head badge and an SS flash on the coller.