BLM Wilmington talks WPD firings in weekly roundtable


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Leaders of the Wilmington chapter of Black Lives Matter held another virtual roundtable this afternoon, the fifth installment in a weekly series.

The group and other participants focused on several current topics, like painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ downtown on 3rd street.

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Organizers argued the city of Wilmington was not doing enough to make that happen. City council members Kevin Spears and Clifford Barnett noted the legal obstacles like permits and maintenance upkeep costs that would have to be considered.

The group also discussed the lack of charges brought against three fired Wilmington Police officers for racially charged language. One attorney gave her input.

“I think that there is at least statutory ability to charge Officer Piner specifically about his comments with regards to ‘just going out and killing.’ Under statute 14-401 for ethnic intimidation which is a class one misdemeanor,” said immigration attorney Vanessa Gonzalez. “I’m seeing a couple convictions under this statute that are not even closely to as egregious as what was committed by that officer.”

Black Lives Matter will be holding a ‘Fourth of You-Lie’ march this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., starting at the 1898 Memorial Park.