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videoWrightsville Beach has released videos that show what happened inside its police station Nov. 8, 2011, that has led a town alderman's son to file a federal lawsuit against the town and two police officers.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach has released videos that show what happened inside its police station Nov. 8, 2011, that has led a town alderman’s son to file a federal lawsuit against the town and two police officers.

Adam Mills, son of Alderman Darryl Mills, claims Ofc. Jesse McCubbins and Cpl. Jimmy Rich harassed him after a DWI stop that night and later assaulted him at the police station.

The video shows Mills being belligerent toward the officers, which he admits to in his lawsuit. It also shows one of the officers apparently punching Mills after Mills was slow to comply with the other officer’s orders and continued to call the officer vulgar names.

“Investigations by the Town and by the North Carolina Department of Justice resulted in the determination that the actions of the two officers were not in violation of police department policies and that no criminal charges against the two officers were warranted,” the town said in a statement released with the video today.

Town Manager Tim Owens says the police chief requested the state investigate the incident in 2011.

A DOJ spokeswoman told us the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division reviewed WBPD’s internal investigation at the request of the District Attorney and declined to bring criminal charges.

“The Town believes that a release of the video tape documentation of the events of November 8, as requested by the media, is in the best interest of the citizens of Wrightsville Beach and as such, with the consent of Mr. Mills and his attorney, has decided to release copies of the video,” the town’s statement said.

Mills claims he became belligerent to the officers because they were taunting him about the effect his arrest would have on his father. When Mills disobeyed an officer’s order to stay seated on a bench he claims McCubbins punched him in the face. He then claims the officers slammed him face first into the floor breaking his nose and his left orbital wall.

“This case is about law enforcement’s duty to all of us – to follow basic and standard police practice and policy, and to respect the protections afforded to citizens under North Carolina law and the US Constitution, regardless of the officers’ personal feelings about an individual,” Mills’s attorney Katy Parker said in a statement to WWAY.


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  • yeah

    this is a complete disgrace. These cops should be fired for the force!

  • Guest-o-matic

    The have procedure and protocol to follow when processing anyone into jail. This is to ensure that they do not have weapons, drugs and other items considered contraband!

    THINK Brian! THINK before asking such stupid questions in public! I hope you aren’t a recent grad of UNCW!

  • Guest-o-matic

    This punk, foul-mouted drunk cursed that officer for over 5 minutes straight. He was asked to stand up and raise his arms. He didn’t and he got what he got.
    Evidently, your “teaching MMA” for 25 years hasn’t taught you very much about “respecting every person you encounter”. It goes for the person arrested as well as the arresting officer, not just one way. When you are in their house, you do as THEY request. No time for silly games at that point.
    I like how you berate the officers and their behavior because it may not suit your “punk style” behavior. When I see you self-proclaimed tough, so called “MMA” guys, I think about bald headed, fat-nosed, ego-maniac, narcissists that don’t have enough common sense to do anything outside of a cage…and usually have “jello” for a brain protected only by a 1 inch thick skull!

  • PublicAvenger

    If he’s a rich kid (27, but still 15)they should not have messed with him. They should have just let him drive home drunk, when they saw he was going to be uncooperative. The nerve of them, wanting to reduce potential threat, and transfer the cuffs behind his back.

    Haven’t these cops heard about Gentry Class Privileges ? Who do they think they are ? Treating everyone equally, under the law ?

  • guesty

    How exactly are you supposed to get a breath test if you wait until they sober up?

  • Brian

    Why would anyone with any common sense not just put him in a cell until he was sober and then process him? Why even try to deal with someone in that condition?

  • a little truth

    Let’s take a outside lokk at this In order to take the DWI test my hands were in front. So I do not see anything wrong there. I waited for a while waiting to take my test. I talked with the cop and he did not jack me up or beat me. I did what the cop asked and finished the test. We talked to a magistrate and the cop told him that I was cooperative and I got a unsecre bond. So I guess te moralto is story is you get more help if you do not act a fool. I you act a fool you will probably get treated like a fool. I am not a cop lover I just have a little common sense.

  • Gramps1945

    Watch the video. He was resisting the officers, as much as he could. Him fighting, with his hands free to grab their pistols, presented a life threatening situation.

    Each year several officers are killed in situations like this.

  • Mr.Sanchez

    This video is disturbing. You can clearly see this fool is intoxicated and running his mouth. However these officer’s of the law basically took a cheap shot at a citizen that was restrained in handcuffs. Terrible demonstration of a well trained official of the law. I have been teaching MMA for the past 25 years and #1 rule is to respect every person you encounter. These officers are bullies behind a badge. Awful!!
    Besides most officers have no clue how to fight and usually have jello for a chin.

  • guest223

    I have known Adam my entire life and he is a great person. Anyone on here that is bashing him obviously does not know him or his family. He has had a steady job for years and does not take money from his parents. He may have made a mistake but he was standing up for his father after these cops were heckling him. I would do the same thing for my dad. He was not resisting arrest he was already in cuffs. The cop came out of no where and broke his nose. If that is not police brutality then what is? WB cops are a bunch of losers anyway.

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  • Holler

    Deddie? Yeah your Deddie must be proud of you, loser.

  • K

    Troy, you wrote “he should have been taken care of with OC spray and taken to a holding cell instead of being processed in his current state of mind.” Exactly!!! Throw him in the drunk tank until he choses to cooperate.

    There was no reason to punch the guy in the face. He was in cuffs. If this is outside on the street, it’s a different situation. But it wasn’t. He was in cuffs and in custody. No doubt the guy was being an uncooperative drunk fool, but it doesn’t warrant a punch in the face. I’m not dismissing the challenges of being a police officer, but if the officer can’t control himself in that situation, he’s in the wrong line of work.

  • Gramps1945

    You ain’t nothing, but a punk, and a coward. You ain’t nothing without a badge. I can beat your butt. Do you know my dad ? C’mon punk. Take off these cuffs, if you’re such a man…….Yada Yada Yada

    I see you still haven’t changed a bit….. Mr. Professional Victim. All Talk

  • Just Heather

    Isn’t that the way you talk every time you get arrested ? They’re not the cowards, you are.

    I’ve never liked you.

    Any 27 year old man, who refuses to work, lays around drunk all day, sponging off his parents, and is a dead beat. He is the true coward.

    Definition of a coward: A deadbeat, who refuses to live up to his responsibilities.

    It’s noon, and I guess you’re waking up, about now. Time to try to borrow $5 from mom. To walk to the store, and get a bottle.

  • Unbiased Viewer

    I watched the video several times and it appears the victim was trying to sit down then out of no where comes some cop trying to MMA him and slam to the ground. Why? he was in handcuffs and was sitting or trying to sit.

    Now if had stood up after he was sat down and continued to resist agressively…yes maybe take him to the ground but punching is not neccessary or face slamming to the hard floor not neccessary. He was in custody and had been searched and was cuffed so the man had no weapon to speak of so why the extra aggression?

    Then the fact that the officers were cleared gives even more proof of biased investigations and good ole boys protecting aggressive cops.

    The truth is hard to accept.

  • Guest-o-matic

    He was a foul-mouthed belligerent, no-cooperative drunk and that’s as simple as it gets! When you are under arrest, you should make sure you do everything you can to cooperate to reasonable requests. The officer simply asked him to stand up after listening to Adams obvious verbal abuse. Then he wants to resist? C’mon!

    Here’s my take on the results. Adam will lose this lawsuit in 5 seconds if it ever even goes to court. Adam will be convicted of a DWI, likely not his first all the while, deddie WB alderman will have rotten egg all over his face.

    Adam, you really know how to publicly show your ass and make your deddie proud dontcha? I’ll bet he’s hanging his head and shaking it right now in disgust and embarrassment of your immature performance!

  • Troy

    The only thing wrong with this incident is that the suspect is cuffed in front. When cuffed in front it gives the suspect an edge, if he were to get behind you and slip his hands over your head you are in big trouble. The suspect disobeyed a lawful request of the officer several times; he should have been taken care of with OC spray and taken to a holding cell instead of being processed in his current state of mind. He may be the most cooperative person in the world when sober but he was out of line and got dealt with. The ones of you who are saying the officers were out of line need to walk a mile in their shoes once, I did it for 21 years, you deal with the scum of your community every night and all you get when you have to handle one of them is armchair quarterbacks with no real since of what is going on, and when you try and explain it to them they treat you like a Nazi storm trooper. Damned if you do damned if you don’t, I wish the public would make up their minds, do we molly coddle these people, or do we mistreat them?

  • Lisa

    Seeing this video, does not surprise me one bit. Seeing that he turned out to be a drunken-loser, does not surprise me one bit. He was the same way, 12 years ago. A big mouth, an agitator, and a jerk.

  • neighbor

    You sound like someone who has had the experience. The point is this is not a fight, they are protecting innocent people from being killed by drunk drivers.

    Everyone complains about cops, but did you hear that guy? He was so drunk he couldn’t talk, yet he was driving. Thank God the police caught him before he killed someone.

  • Guest4321

    You got nerve saying they cheat. You must have been arrested for some crimes against nature charge with a cow.

  • Guest, just another

    Isn’t it ironic that you complain that they hide behind a weapon, but you don’t use your name? Big mouth for an anonymous post don’t you think?

  • guesty

    “I have yet to meet a true tuff cop that doesn’t have to cheat just to take someone into custody. They usually hide behind their weapons or tag team one person.”

    It is called officer safety and working smarter, not harder.

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  • Hank The Tank

    I have yet to meet a true tuff cop that doesn’t have to cheat just to take someone into custody. They usually hide behind their weapons or tag team one person. Most officer’s have a big mouth piece that can’t be backed up from the shoulders up. Typical for this area. Hope they lose their jobs for not thinking that they are untouchable.

  • PublicAvenger

    It seems you’ve had quite a bit of trouble with them,(And the bottle) through the years- Adam.

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