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NAACP leaders call for resignation of Dunn officer seen kicking suspect in 2012 video

Posted November 28, 2017 5:45 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 11:19 a.m. EDT

— The NAACP is concerned about a video of a Dunn traffic stop that recently came to light.

WRAL obtained dash cam video of the 2012 arrest, which includes a chase and an officer kicking the suspect once he is on the ground and in handcuffs.

The video starts with a traffic stop for speeding. An officer tells Seneca Jackson that he smells marijuana and orders him out of the car. Instead, Jackson took off and led police on a brief chase. Once he stops, officers force him to the ground and handcuff him.

During a heated conversation, a female officer, identified as Lt. Cary Jackson, can be seen kicking Jackson in the side.

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, NAACP leaders said they want to raise awareness of the traffic stop and want the arresting officer removed from the police force.

“We are standing here today to ask for Lt. Cary Jackson’s resignation. We are asking the city of Dunn and their officials to look into this and, after today, we plan to meet with city officials to find out what will happen,” said Carolyn McDougal, president of the Harnett County NAACP.

Members of the NAACP said they are frustrated that it took five years for the video to become public.

“Why didn’t we know and why weren’t we aware when the assault took place or even a month ago when they claim to have been made aware of the video? They failed to do something about the violence of the officer,” McDougal said.

City Manager Steven Neuschafer said he received a copy of the video last month, adding that the city has opened an investigation into the traffic stop.

"As the final decision maker for personnel matters, it is not appropriate for me to comment on the specific actions in the video," he said. "However, I do want to tell the residents of Dunn that I expect the highest level of professionalism and accountability for actions from all employees of the city."

Seneca Jackson didn’t attend the Tuesday press conference but spoke to WRAL News last week and said he was treated badly, but not injured, during the 2012 incident.

Authorities have not said whether Lt. Jackson will face discipline in connection with the incident, but NAACP leaders said they will keep pushing for action.