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Greensboro permanently suspends officer seen on video using excessive force

Posted September 27, 2016

— 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.


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  • Linda Tally Oct 4, 2016
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    Good deal - glad to read this. Sorry to have had it happen. Now... trace this pair of ex-officers so they can't reappear in some other law enforcement uniform!

  • Justa Mann Sep 27, 2016
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    Aiden, what are you talking about. This came forward to the public because the police chief released a video from a police body camera. Nothing was swept under the rug. A complaint was made, the police department investigated it and found the officer did wrong.

  • Aiden Audric Sep 27, 2016
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    Give police military gear: check

    Give police military training: check

    Give police military chain-of-command and code-of-conduct training: eh, costs too much - easier to sweep things under the rug.

    Kudos for Police Chief Scott apologizing for this, but he should be working on preventing it from happening again. "Respect Authority" must apply to officers all the way up the chain of command, especially considering how they are trained and armed.