Greensboro permanently suspends officer seen on video using excessive force
Posted September 27, 2016
Greensboro, N.C. — The Greensboro City Council on Monday voted unanimously to permanently suspend a former city police officer who used excessive force during an altercation with a man in June.
Body camera video released by the city shows Officer Travis Cole assaulting Dejuan Yourse during a June 17 incident at the home of Yourse's mother.
Yourse told officers that the home belonged to his mother and that he was locked out. Cold and a female officer are seen questioning Yourse for about nine minutes and tension began to boil over when Yourse made a phone call to someone, asking them to come to his mother's house because police were harassing him.
The officer is seen on video wrestling with Yourse to the ground and pinning him down by putting his knee on Yourse's neck.
According to WXII, Cole resigned on Aug. 19, nine days after he was placed on administrative leave.
During a Monday evening City Council meeting, Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott apologized to Yourse for how the incident was handled. They have also asked the state to revoke Cole's certification so he can't be a police officer in the future.