Durham police say ex-officer used excessive force
Posted February 27, 2013
Durham, N.C. — The Durham Police Department said Wednesday that a former officer used excessive force during an arrest last fall.
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 last month.
An internal investigation determined that Schnee "used more force than was necessary against Ms. Nickerson," but there was insufficient evidence to support her allegation that she was arrested without cause, the department said in a statement.
Schnee resigned last month, but the department chose to complete its investigation.
"The Durham Police Department has taken, and continues to take, any allegations of misconduct seriously and works deliberately to ensure that all complaints are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken when needed," the department said. "An investigation of this nature takes time to do right, but is necessary to ensure confidence – to the public and within the Police Department – that each and every claim is thoroughly reviewed."