WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An Jap Carolina household is looking for an extreme power investigation, accusing a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy of harassing a person beneath arrest for marijuana possession.
Sheriff John Barnes wasn’t capable of share the identify of the accused deputy however confirms a full investigation— together with the gathering of witness statements and physique digital camera footage— is underway.
Early Wednesday morning Francis Gilliam was awoken by a name from her son, Gary Thomas.
“I stated this isn’t going to be no George Floyd. I stored saying that,” stated Gilliam. “I repeated it.”
Thomas instructed his mom he was arrested by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies after being caught in possession of marijuana.
As his household watched his arrest, they are saying it shortly grew to become violent.
“However I didn’t by no means go nowhere as a result of I didn’t need to see my son harm or in peril,” stated Gilliam, “and as a mom, you’re feeling in your little one. I don’t care if he’s grown, they’re your children.”
Thomas’ girlfriend, Caressil Goddard, was with him when he was initially arrested. She says they have been in Martin County.
When she bought to the Washington County courthouse to fulfill Thomas’ mom and aunt, she began recording the altercation.
She says she noticed deputies with a knee on Thomas’ neck. His aunt then tried to intervene and was arrested through the altercation with deputies.
She says she wished accountability.
“Now all people can see the way it goes down right here,” stated Goddard. “They drug him all the best way again to the door and nonetheless dragged him and his head hit the constructing. Then, he was knocked out for a minute.”
Thomas went to Vidant Medical Heart in Greenville the day after his launch from jail complaining of complications.
WITN sat down with District Lawyer Seth Edwards and confirmed him the cellphone video for the primary time.
Whereas Edwards was not capable of touch upon the matter, he assured the difficulty could be absolutely investigated by his workplace after being supplied witness testimony and different physique or surveillance digital camera footage.
Referring to the arrest, Gilliam stated, “That simply messed me as much as be trustworthy with you. I couldn’t even get no sleep since you nonetheless see it.”
Washington County Sheriff John Barnes says an investigation by his workplace is already underway because the household referred to as to make a grievance.
The household will subsequent should submit a notarized written grievance and the sheriff will present testimony and pictures to the district lawyer for evaluation.
WITN will proceed to analyze this matter.
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