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Durham officer accused of assault resigns

Posted January 24, 2013

— A Durham police officer accused of assaulting a woman during an arrest last fall has resigned, city officials said Thursday.

Stephanie Nickerson said Cpl. Brian Schnee hit her in the face during an Oct. 28 arrest. She was charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer, but prosecutors dismissed those charges Thursday.

Schnee had been on paid leave pending the resolution of an internal investigation of the allegations.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said the investigation is continuing, even though Schnee has left the department.


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  • Joe Schmoe Jan 28, 2013

    Honcho asks : "when someone is breaking in your house at 3am.... Who ya gonna call?" - -

    Messrs Smith and Wesson will be a lot more useful at 3am than police who will show up 20 minutes later, at best, to take a report.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 24, 2013

    Just because the DA dropped the charges don't make what happen an untruth. It could all be polictical, remember where this is taking place. Could be why he quit, if he can't defend hisself while making an arrest and not be backed up, well I don't think I would work there for the low wages either.

  • johnny2times Jan 24, 2013

    What a bad cop? Why you never see that cause they all be innocent no matter if theys shoots somebody or nots.


    Ummmmm......what? IS this English?

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 24, 2013

    Why do people resist the police if they are not doing anything wrong? In this case somebody called for the police. The woman who was beaten had no business making the comment she made. In fact her comment shows her disdain and lack of respect for the law. She has been relieved from the charges against her but she will answer in a higher court one day.

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 24, 2013

    The police officer was a Marine. Unfortunately we will see more of this because service men are coming home from war with emotional and mental maladys that may not surface immediately. Many go to work as police officers. It will take some time to weed out the ones who are dangerous.I heard a news person on CNN say that more soldiers have committed suicide than were killed in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. The returning soldiers need more than we their friends and family can give them. They have to have professional help. We would all do well to remember where they have been. They have been in the bowels of hell. They have been fighting an enemy without a soul.

  • mojridingrb Jan 24, 2013

    What a bad cop? Why you never see that cause they all be innocent no matter if theys shoots somebody or nots.

  • mike honcho Jan 24, 2013

    Most of the Durham Police Dept are hard working honest people, are there "bad apples" sure, but that is true in every profession. For those of you who constantly bash the Police, dont forget to ask "do you want fries with that?"

  • allsmileshere Jan 24, 2013

    @Honcho who am I gonna call......ghost busters!

  • dryjr Jan 24, 2013

    Hey Honcho, I called the Police and the guys were long gone by the time they showed up and acted like they could care less.

  • JMackneil Jan 24, 2013

    Hey Honcho (NS)..If the public only knows how the system actually worked. Listen up, pay attention to the writing on the wall. The police dept. is not as honorable as you think it is. If you are an employee of the city, you have less rights than the average citizen. Dont think it cant happen to you. The city will turn its back on you.