Elizabethtown officer accuses Fayetteville police department of profiling

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – An Elizabethtown police officer has filed a lawsuit accusing the Fayetteville Police Department of profiling and harassing African-Americans.

The Fayetteville Observer reports officer Willie Thompson, an African-American, filed the lawsuit Jan. 13 in Cumberland County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $25,000.

The lawsuit stems from a Dec. 2, 2014, incident in which Thompson says he was temporarily arrested and detained after white officers mistook him for another suspect.

Thompson says officers ignored him when he said he was an Elizabethtown officer and that he had his credentials in his car.

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock called the allegations ridiculous. He says he is looking forward to having the “facts of the case exposed” to help people understand what happened that evening.

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