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Cop Who Arrested N.C. State Coach Cleared

Posted May 31, 2007

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— A Raleigh police officer who arrested a North Carolina State University basketball coach won't face charges, police said.

Assistant basketball coach Saint Lawrence "Larry" Harris accused Officer R.W. King of using excessive force during an April 4 traffic stop. Harris was charged with speeding and resisting an officer after police said he was traveling at 41 mph in a 25-mph zone in the 800 block of West Morgan Street..

Police said Harris refused to follow the officer's instructions, and King was forced to use pepper spray.

The Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit investigated Harris' claims and determined they were unfounded.

Harris has spent the past 10 years as an assistant coach on the N.C. State staff, including serving as associate head coach last season, according to the university's Web site.

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  • 12345 May 31, 2007

    before you Monday morning quarter back a Police officer, why don't you ask your local PD to go on a ride along with an officer and get an idea of what a difficult job it really is?

  • ncinked May 31, 2007

    That is the thing. The PD will not release it because it will make the defendant look even worse and they try to coddle the citizens. The Officer is definately in the right. I am sorry for those that have had negative dealings with the police. Sorry someone had to tell you that you were wrong, but It is our job. You will call us when something happens, so I will be there with a smile and help you out anyway even though you do not appreciate me.

  • aegunc May 31, 2007

    Cops are arrogant pigs that use their authority to belittle the general public and I APPLAUD Mr. Harris for not backing down to them and being the "yes'um master boy" that they wanted to reduced him to!!!!!!

  • vitameatavegamin May 31, 2007

    Doesn't surprise me that this happened...the coach is one of those "Don't you know who I am!" heavyweights who relies on his dubious celebrity... too bad for him...

  • daddio May 31, 2007

    Rayzer, you stated "Of course the *internal* investigation is going to clear the officer. It always does." If TV,and the movies were the only available sources for feeding us information about cops, we would all think like you. In today's society, all police departments fear that at some point, an officer in theri department will make a poor decision and do something inappropriate. I'm not saying some cops aren't jerks. I'm not saying that there are not ever any cover-ups. What I'm saying is that the vast majority of departments try and do the right thing everyday. I know plenty of officers that "washed out" because they used poor judgement, and most of these incidents occurred without a video camera, and without the public ever knowing about it. When cops do something stupid, it simply adds to the burden that all of the good cops must constantly carry.

  • rayzer May 31, 2007

    What is this video that is being referred to???????? The police have refused to release the video. Have you seen it? Can I?

  • ncinked May 31, 2007

    Umm having knowledge of what happened, the VIDEO in the police car shows the defendant refusing to give him his license (arrestable offense) the officer attempts to arrest, defendants pulls away (resists) def says he is going to need backup and officer uses pepper gas, def still resists....ON VIDEO. cant dispute that....no beating, no anything but other than proper procedure. The coach was WRONG and ARROGANT

  • historians4th May 31, 2007

    Don't know anything much about Rodney King, but you can't believe everything on wikpedia as it can be edited and added to by anyone.

  • rayzer May 31, 2007

    First of all, shame on Coach Harris for speeding. And on the 95% of the rest of us who have done the same. But amazing how many people blindly take the officer's version of the story without any doubt. Of course it doesn't help that the headline of this article is misleading in that ultimately the officer hasn't been cleared at all - this case has not even gone to trial. And they continue to use that awful image of Coach Harris, eyes still swollen from the pepper spray, making him even *look* guilty. Of course the *internal* investigation is going to clear the officer. It always does. The only thing that matters is the outcome of the court case.

  • ltbarkley May 31, 2007

    "I wonder if Rodney King would have been treated as fairly(after the fact) if it had been only his word against the officers"

    It wasn't his just his word - thats why the officers were ACQUITTED. the WHOLE video shows him resisting arrest, advancing on the officers, after leading them on a high speed chase, not staying down, trying to get back up and keep fighting even after being pepper sprayed and hit with stun guns. What would you do in that situation? That many officers could not hold him down, pepper spray ineffective, stun guns ineffective, and still fighting. Shoot him?
    "The acquittal was based in part on a 13-second segment of the video tape that was edited out by television news stations in their broadcast. It was not previously seen by the public. Those first 13 seconds of videotape apparently showed Rodney King getting up off the ground and charging at one of the police officers" Read about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King

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