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Fayetteville manager resigns over consent searches

Posted March 9, 2012
Updated March 12, 2012

— City Manager Dale Iman submitted his resignation Friday following what sources call a rift between him and the Fayetteville City Council over police searches during traffic stops.

Iman, who has overseen daily operations of Fayetteville government since late 2006, is expected to leave office next week.

The Fayetteville City Council voted 8-2 in January to halt searches of vehicles where drivers have given their consent for 120 days while a consultant investigated claims that the practice disproportionately targets black drivers.

Police Chief Tom Bergamine and the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association decried the council's decision, saying it was unlawful and that consent searches are an important law enforcement tool. They filed a lawsuit seeking to resume the practice, and a judge last week granted an injunction to allow the searches to continue.

Sources within City Hall have said City Council members became frustrated with Iman's handling of the consent search issue and wanted him to leave – the council held a closed-door meeting Monday night – but no council member would comment publicly on the situation.


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  • OneLove Mar 13, 2012

    This arguement is very strong. redrubberball1 ----- Very strong indeed.

  • redrubberball1 Mar 12, 2012

    "The real answer lies in Our hands here: DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH. The Founders had good reasons when they required warrants for government searches, and we do the Republic no favors by abandoning the Fourth Amendment."

    This arguement is very strong.

  • redrubberball1 Mar 12, 2012

    I've been pulled over a few times in my life, mostly earlier in life, for traffic violations. I've never been asked to give my consent and/or submit to a vehicle search. I guess I didn't fit the profile but I also keep my life and my vehicle squeaky clean. I understand about the Bill of Rights in the Constitution and believe our officials should behave in harmony with them. We are within our rights to require our law enforcement to obtain a warrent to search and if we feel it a civic duty to do so, we ought not to be considered guilty of anything for doing so.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 9, 2012

    If you do not want the police to search yor car you say no and tell them to get a warrent then you call your lawyer so he/she can be present during the search. so you are late to work and your attorney makes more moneybetter yet join the Democrat Party donate to all the right fund charitys and bee come one of the good olde boys and you will not have a problem. Get the right tat and wear the waist band of your pants down around your knees and yep you will be stopped regardless of skin color

  • jayhurst Mar 9, 2012

    The innocent have even more to fear from law enforcement than the guilty. Everything you say will be construed against you in the light that fits the theory.

    The real answer lies in Our hands here: DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH. The Founders had good reasons when they required warrants for government searches, and we do the Republic no favors by abandoning the Fourth Amendment.

  • Sherlock Mar 9, 2012

    When will Fay citizens learn you can not votes these individuals out of office.

  • Sherlock Mar 9, 2012

    Now that the CM is out the CC will fire the Chief next, they will put people thay can control in place to make sure the city is run the way the CC sees it should be, their way and only their way regardless of any laws or courts

  • RM24 Mar 9, 2012

    Fayetteville is such a clean safe city already, why would anyone think extra measures by police is needed in this town. Especially when they are in most dangerous areas. I mean the most dangerous part of the city clearly has the least criminals. I mean when you go fishing you don't go to where there is water and fish do you? If so you most certainly don't carry a rod/reel with line and bait to try and catch them with do you? That's just rediculous!

  • vraptor Mar 9, 2012

    if you are innocent. you have nothing to worry about. i have been stopped for no reason several times.

    but think about what this implies. they think that a certain group of people have committed crimes at a higher rate than others. so that consent searches would yield a higher rate of arrests for that group. is that not profiling??? presumption of guilt...

    i was resently pulled over by a trooper on us 1 / us 64 in cary. i was sp??ding and changing lanes. but he just missed me doing that. he asked why i was changing lanes aggressively. i did not know that was illegal. he ran my record. nothing. let me off with a warning.

  • warbirdlover Mar 9, 2012

    Whats all the bruhaha about. If you don't have nothing to hide, whats the big deal. All they would find in my auto is some old McDonalds French Fries, or the Milkyway I lost under the seat.