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Former Cary police officer charged with assault

Posted June 25

Michael William Amerson, 41, of Cary was arrested around 2:30 a.m. and charged with assault by strangulation and assault on a female.

— A former officer with the Cary Police Department was arrested Sunday on assault charges, according to officials.

Michael William Amerson, 41, of Cary was arrested around 2:30 a.m. and charged with assault by strangulation and assault on a female.

Officials said Amerson was employed with the department from January 2011 through September 2012.

The incident is under investigation.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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  • Linda Tally Jun 27, 4:06 a.m.
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    Nope. But it does give the rest of us a chance to look at this case (and his photo, thank you, WRAL) and alert any authorities who need to know if we are sure of any other "errors" he may have committed while he was in uniform and representing law enforcement. And in a case of this nature, there almost always will be other instances of this behavior.

  • Jj Parker Jun 26, 5:50 a.m.
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    Not sure why they even mentioned his past employment as a police officer. He was with the Dept. for less than 2 yrs and it was almost 5 yrs ago.

  • Jj Parker Jun 26, 5:50 a.m.
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    Not sure why they even mentioned his past employment as a police officer. He was with the Dept. for less than 2 yrs and it was almost 5 yrs ago.

  • James Dodson Jun 25, 10:16 p.m.
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    Amen!!!! A lot of arm quarterbacking from those that don't understand the sacrifice to serve!!!

  • Jeff Freuler Jun 25, 6:03 p.m.
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    You're right police officers are not perfect people as they are not mass produced on an assembly line in a plant. They are hired from society where others are hired from. There's not any type of testing that can be put in place that will tell you what someone is capable of other than the day you test them. Things in people lives change and officers are not any different than any one else. They have emotional issues that come from family, financial and work issues to include PTSD, yes others besides the military get PTSD. He was employed there for less than two years and maybe, just maybe it took that amount of time for the issues to come to the surface that were not detected during the hiring process.

    BTW.....They despite what you may think of your self serving self, they do not work for you as they work for the agency that employs them. Yes your tax money may assist in paying their salary but they pay taxes too.

  • Ben Hill Jun 25, 4:06 p.m.
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    "Like we are supposed to automatically respect them because they wear a badge"

    No- Police should be given respect for choosing a profession can put their lives in danger for upholding the laws in our society. Obviously those officers who do not follow the law (like Mr. Amerson) do not deserve that respect.

    Every profession has bad people that sully its reputation. If you judge all groups and professions only by their weakest members, then no group will get any respect.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Jun 25, 3:23 p.m.
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    Talk about sending mixed signals.

  • David Pepper Jr. Jun 25, 1:27 p.m.
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    real fine piece of work there

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 25, 1:25 p.m.
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    I noticed the article on the man arrested for Peeping Tom, it did mention his employment. Why not? Why should it be brought out he was a Police Officer and mention Cary?

  • Brian Jarman Jun 25, 1:18 p.m.
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    Exactly my thoughts... why does the headline read that way when this guy hasn't been a police officer for quite a while ? Then I remembered that WRAL is now an NBC affiliate.

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