Use of force incidents largely kept a secret in North Carolina


DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — The way police officers use force is under scrutiny after more and more violent incidents are captured on video.

“When I first saw the video I was horrified, outraged, angry at what I was seeing,” said U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) after watching the video of George Floyd’s murder.

Hudson’s reaction is shared by millions across America who are now demanding action.

The ABC 11 I-team requested use-of-force complaints and reports from agencies around central North Carolina. While many agencies were able to share statistics on how often officers reported using force, they denied access to records that would reveal the details.

The Fayetteville Police Department reported 22 use-of-force incidents so far this year, 55 in 2019 and 51 in 2018.

The Durham Police Department’s use of force and citizen complaint statistics are published annually in a report.

The department hasn’t published a report since 2018, but found officers used force 72 times, down from 89 times in 2017. Officers only used deadly force in four incidents between 2016-2018.

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