Durham clears officers in alleged beating of student
Posted April 28, 2010
Durham, N.C. — An internal investigation into the January arrest of a student found no wrongdoing on the part of two Durham police officers, Police Chief Jose Lopez said Wednesday.
The officers went to EDGE Training and Placement on Jan. 19 to arrest Andre Bond, 17, on a failure to appear warrant from an August 2009 case involving a resisting arrest charge, police said. The EDGE program targets students who have been in trouble and tries to give them an education.
EDGE executive director Fran Alexander said she saw the officers throw Bond against her SUV so hard that it left a dent and then throw him to the ground in front of the school.
Lopez said a group of students surrounded the officers during the incident and yelled at them. Investigators determined that Bond tried to run from the officers and tried to grab one of their guns during the arrest, he said.
The officers "used a lot of restraint" in the incident, Lopez said, adding that Alexander and other EDGE officials didn't see "the totality of the event."
Bond was charged with assaulting a government official and resisting a public officer in connection with the incident.