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Officers return to duty after bus terminal scuffle that injured man

Posted January 18, 2012

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— Six Fayetteville police officers who beat a man and used a Taser stun gun during a bus station scuffle last month have returned to full duty, police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said Wednesday.

The officers had been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of investigations by police and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office after 47-year-old Jeffrey Cox, of New Jersey, was critically injured in an altercation with the officers on Dec. 28.

Police say Cox was repeatedly calling 911 from pay phones at the bus station. When officers tried to arrest him for improper use of the 911 system, he began fighting them and continued to fight up to six officers before he was eventually subdued.

At one point, officers used a stun gun on Cox, but they said it seemed to have little effect.

Three officers suffered minor injuries in the fight.

Cox is expected to recover.

The findings of the internal investigation have been turned over to the district attorney, but MacRoberts said there was no indication that the officers violated any policies or procedures.

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  • thepeopleschamp Jan 19, 2012

    "Funny how thats not recognized in either the DSM-IVTR or by the American Psychological Association. Its just an excuse cops use when they murder someone. Leave the medical and psychiatric diagnoses to people that know what they're talking about." TeenDAD

    If NC cops "murder" so many as you have suggested, please name just one officer convicted of murder in NC from an on-duty incident. I can't wait to read about it.

  • cw1smith352 Jan 19, 2012

    "Six Fayetteville police officers who beat a man and used a Taser stun gun "

    WRAL

    I think that your writing on this article is very unproffesional. Neither you or I know anything about this arrest or investigation. Why would you start your article saying that 6 police officers beat someone. They arrested him, that is what they do. That is their job. It is unfortunate that the gentleman ended up the way he did. They did not beat him, because if they did they would not be working and would have been arrested. Don't you think their job is hard enough, without you sterotyping them and then the public thinks your word is gospil. This makes the job even tougher. How about thinking about what you put on paper before you print it. I guess I should be sterotypical as well, I would not expect anything less from a reporter.

  • chuck1947 Jan 19, 2012

    As we said back in the 60s. If you think LEO's are pigs, next time you need help, call a hippie.

  • hunter38 Jan 19, 2012

    Lol how could I have taken part in an internal investigation?

    Nope..just wondering how you can say its an excuse cops use to murder people....you must have first hand knowledge.

  • itom68 Jan 19, 2012

    go back to jersey

  • TeenDAD Jan 19, 2012

    Leave the medical and psychiatric diagnoses to people that know what they're talking about.

    Just as soon as you leave law enforcement investigations to people that know what they're talking about.
    hunter38
    January 19, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Lol how could I have taken part in an internal investigation? Did I influence it somehow? U mad?

  • hunter38 Jan 19, 2012

    Leave the medical and psychiatric diagnoses to people that know what they're talking about.

    Just as soon as you leave law enforcement investigations to people that know what they're talking about.

  • what_in_the____ Jan 19, 2012

    As usual, hate us until you need us... That seems to be how a lot of folks view law enforcement officers anyway. Imagine what civilization would be like if every police officer just quit & walked away at the same time (from Chiefs/Sheriffs all the way down to the rookies). Maybe one day people that aren't victims of crimes will appreciate the jobs we do.

  • westernwake1 Jan 19, 2012

    So Six Fayetteville police officers had to use appropriate force to subdue a threatening man who was totally high on drugs.

    Why would anyone have a problem with this?

  • TeenDAD Jan 19, 2012

    People.... It's called Cocaine Induced Excited Delerium.
    homerjs129
    January 19, 2012 10:44 a.m

    Funny how thats not recognized in either the DSM-IVTR or by the American Psychological Association. Its just an excuse cops use when they murder someone. Leave the medical and psychiatric diagnoses to people that know what they're talking about.

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