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Durham officer accused of beating woman during arrest

Posted November 28, 2012

— A Durham police officer has been placed on paid leave amid an investigation of allegations that he beat a woman during an arrest, officials said Wednesday.

Cpl. Brian Schnee is accused of hitting a woman in the face during an Oct. 28 arrest. The woman was charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer.


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  • whoami Nov 29, 2012

    For those who missed it, please read this meatier update.


  • whoami Nov 29, 2012

    This is old news. Where is the article yesterday where she was arrested after this for obstruction charge?

  • lavjt Nov 29, 2012

    Why does everything have to be black and white with you people? First of all regardless of "walking in polices shoes or not" the policeman is suppose to demonstrate restraint and professionalism so no excuses excepted you make the arrest if she is out of line! Secondly, Rev. Barber is a voice for a lot of people who feel they don't have a voice and that is a good thing regardless of what you think about him. Third, just because the policeman has won an award does not mean he did not hit her, he may have been provoked or angered by her, but he still must follow code of conduct and if he finds in his job he can not, he needs to consider another position. It is already clear the woman broke the law, but 2 wrongs don't make a right!

  • beach2011 Nov 29, 2012

    Anyone who has something bad to say how about the police should try spending a day in police shoes - bet you will feel differently - if you even get out from under your bed!!!

  • Common_Sensey Nov 29, 2012

    Anyone know the races of Mr. Schnee and the supposed "victim"? I'm sure if he's white and she's black, Rev. Barber and the NAACP will try to get Officer Schnee fired. Just pathetic....

    If the victim was white and the officer was black, I'm sure we don't hear a peep out of Barber and his ilk....again..pathetic!

  • Common_Sensey Nov 29, 2012

    Yup...officers can't win either way.

    He should have hit her with the taser as soon as she became belligerent. Our NC cops should ride along with LA or NYC cops for a few months, to learn how to deal with the "ignorant masses".

  • doggypoos Nov 29, 2012

    "Durham Police Corporal Brian Schnee this week received the Legion of Excellence Award from ASIS International for his efforts in saving the lives of three fellow law enforcement officers during a two-month period in 2009. "
    Schnee was one of six people to receive this award at the ASIS International Chapter 119 annual awards banquet in Raleigh.

    Read more: The Herald-Sun - Police corporal honored for bravery

    Does not seem like the kind of cop looking to going to hit somebody for no reason. For the years he has been in Durham he has been a good cop and a hero.

  • johnny2times Nov 28, 2012

    "If the officer gets hit, he's weak. If he hits back, he is a bully."

    November 28, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Yup...officers can't win either way.

  • johnny2times Nov 28, 2012

    i'd prolly believe the woman. either way this oughta be a good one. you actually think DA MAN is your friend huh?

    November 28, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Why would you believe her? Tell us why you believe the woman with no facts...this should be interesting..

  • The2ruthHurts Nov 28, 2012

    "If the officer gets hit, he's weak. If he hits back, he is a bully."