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Another Raleigh Police Officer Charged

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This sticker on a Raleigh Police cruiser promotes its new anti-domestic violence policy.
RALEIGH — For the second time in a week a Raleighpolice officer stands accused of a crime. This time the allegation isagainst a senior patrol officer who's been on the force for almost adecade. Again this time, the alleged victim is a woman.

Garris Evans, 42, has been charged with second-degree trespassing andcommunicating threats to a woman. Investigators say the incident occurredSaturday night at the woman's home. Evans was arrested Monday night andreleased 24 minutes after the arrest.

Details about any relationship between Evans and the alleged victim arenot known. There are no restraining orders against him on file with theWake County Civil or Criminal Court.

Interact Domestic Violence Counselor Marie French says the RaleighPolice Department has just made a strong commitment to reduce domesticviolence. She says they now need to look within their own ranks.

Police Psychologist Michael Teague says the department intends to treatthese two cases as it would any others.

The usual procedure in a case such as this is to place the officer onadministrative duty, or place him on paid leave. In this situation, acriminal investigators and internal affairs will both conductinvestigations.

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