Thanks for your comment. We would love to talk to the police officers and firefighters who were involved in this. So far, though, we've been unable to find anyone from back then willing to talk. A lot of those people have left town or have died. Those who we have had contact with have said they do not want to talk, usually because they have been or are afraid they will be labeled as racist for telling their side of the story.
Earlier this year we did a story with a former Wilmington Police Officer (http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/06/26/only-3-wilmington-10-seek-pardons-form...) who joined the force a few months after the Mike's Grocery fire. He came to us because he wanted some perspective from the police shared, but he said his friends who were on the force before him are not anxious to come forward.
If anyone, especially police and firefighters, who was involved in the Wilmington 10 incidents is willing to talk or has any information about that era, please let us know. Contact our newsroom at 910.763.0979.
For now, though, only one side is willing to give its version of the story.
News Content Manager
WWAY NewsChannel 3
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