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Wilmington officer demoted after lying about law during traffic stop

Posted March 31

— A Wilmington police officer who was filmed lying to an Uber driver about a state law that allows people to film police was demoted after an internal investigation.

Sgt. Kenneth Becker was filmed by Uber driver Jesse Bright, who is also a defense attorney, during a traffic stop in late February. Becker told Bright that he could not film police under a new state law.

There is no such law in North Carolina.

A statement released on Thursday by Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the investigation was closed.

“I cannot stress enough, that photographing and videotaping the police keeps us accountable," Evangelous said. "We believe that public videos help to protect the police as well as our citizens and provide critical information during police and citizen interaction.”

Becker has been with the department for 17 years, and he is currently assigned to the Planning and Research Division.


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  • Jim Thomas Mar 31, 4:33 p.m.
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    The police chief said the investigation is closed? How does he get to decide that? If the "officer" new it was not against the law and in fact LIED. That is grounds for immediate termination. What else has he been lying about? Wilmington's finest...

  • Steve Faulkner Mar 31, 4:18 p.m.
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    Now, what about the other 2 officers that were there? Especially the K9 officer that said the dog alerted to drugs when there were none found?

  • Anna Temple Mar 31, 9:41 a.m.
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    It could be that the attorney is following Jesus. Helping others at his own expense.

  • Anna Temple Mar 31, 9:39 a.m.
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    Taking the law into their own hands as they see fit. Power maneuver is all it was. Hoping the public is not aware of their rights?

  • William Patterson Mar 31, 9:13 a.m.
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    GOOD!! power tripping police like this think they are above the law ....glad this one was nipped in the bud before his actions caused someone some real harm....

  • Henry Cooper Mar 31, 8:48 a.m.
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    Really? You are making fun of the guy the police lied to for making some extra money and then you "hope" the police officer will not do it again?


  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 31, 8:47 a.m.
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    Good decision. My husband is a po and he would say that you should ASSUME you are being filmed/recorded and act accordingly...which you should do anyway recorded or not

  • Henry Cooper Mar 31, 8:45 a.m.
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  • Jeff Freuler Mar 31, 8:37 a.m.
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    Must be a VERY successful defense attorney if he is working as an Uber driver.

    The police officer was wrong and he has been punished hopefully he will not make the same mistake twice

  • Henry Cooper Mar 31, 8:34 a.m.
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    I really think he got off easy. He is here to serve the public not lie to them especially about the enforcement of our laws.

    I image any future arrests he makes are a defense attorney's dream. How about past arrests? Anything that is now marginal will fall to any defendant he is involved with.

    This is more damaging and more serious than they are taking it. It is a privilege to be a police officer (ask a good one and see what they say) and 17 years as an officer and still be willing to do this (directly lie and intentionally mislead a citizen) that is a problem.

    What was he going to do if the video was turned off? If it was on the up and up why make up this bald faced lie?