ONLY ON 3: Man wants $100,000 from Leland for incident with police


LELAND, NC (WWAY) — New trouble for the Leland Police Department.

A man police arrested during a June 2011 domestic situation says officers went too far. Now he wants the town to pay up to the tune of $100,000.

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WWAY has obtained a letter from the lawfirm of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen to the Town of Leland. In it, attorney Katherine Parker says Darryl Langley was working in his home when two Leland Police officers escorted his former girlfriend Aimee Coleman inside, and that then-Sgt. Hank Smith had his gun drawn.

The letter 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’s attorney claims Smith left Langley in an overheated patrol car for more than 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 letter, deputies immediately released Langley from jail because he had been falsely arrested.

In the letter Langley asks for a monetary settlement of $100,000 for psychological distress, and the loss of work related equipment. He also wants Leland to make sure something like this never happens again.

Both Langley and his attorney declined comment on this story.

We tried to reach out to Leland’s Town Manager David Hollis, Mayor Brenda Bozeman, Police Chief Mike James and attorney John Wessell, as well as the officers named in the letter. None of the them could be reached. No one has returned our messages.

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