Greenville Police Issue Statement On Tie Breakers Case

In response to a Greenville Daily Reflector editorial about the handling of the Tie Breakers case, the Greenville Police Department has issued a statement.

The statement follows. You can click on the related link below to read the editorial.


GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

STATEMENT
JUNE 5, 2009

This statement is in direct response to the Editorial: “Full account
-Facts,explanation needed from city police”.

After reviewing the editorial entitled, "Full account - facts, explanation needed from the city police”, and the original story dated June 2, 2009, (in the Greenville Daily Reflector) the Greenville Police Department is releasing the following statement to explain the Departments position concerning the assault that occurred on March 22, 2009, at Tie Breakers. This is and has been an ongoing criminal investigation of which some details of the investigation cannot be released. After reviewing both the editorial and the story dated June 2, 2009, it is clear key points were not printed by the Reflector that were clearly documented in the preliminary police report, which the reporter used as a reference in his story. These omissions were misleading and were a disservice to the public and the Department. These are the facts of the investigation including times and locations of actions taken by our officers.

On Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1:36 am, Greenville Police responded to Tie Breakers, located at 1920-A Smythewyck Drive, in reference to a person that had been assaulted. At 1:37 am, the first officer arrived on the scene, where EMS was loading the victim, Christopher Michael Meadows, for transport to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Officers began their investigation by interviewing those who were willing to talk with police. An independent witness reported to police that Mr. Meadows grabbed the buttocks of a female after which her husband punched him in the face. Officers also interviewed the suspect, who admitted to hitting Mr. Meadows. The suspect told the police that he was dancing with his wife and that Mr. Meadows grabbed his wife’s buttocks. The suspect went on to explain that when he confronted Mr. Meadows, he was shoved and that he then hit Mr. Meadows.

At 2:10 am on March 22, the suspect was arrested for the offense of Assault Inflicting Serious Injury. At the scene, no one mentioned the use of a beer bottle during the assault. At 2:20 am, the suspect was taken before a Pitt County Magistrate. After hearing what the officer knew from the scene and at the time, the magistrate found no probable cause for the arrest, and ordered the release of the suspect. It was explained to the suspect at that time that criminal charges could be filed later. At 2:51 am on March 22, the investigating officer spoke with Mr. Meadows at the hospital, who stated he could not remember anything that transpired. This piece of information was omitted in the June 2, 2009, story and subsequent editorial. However, it is clearly mentioned in the officer’s report. The officer was unaware of the seriousness of the injuries to Mr. Meadows.

Several days later, the mother of Mr. Meadows contacted the Major Crimes Unit of the Greenville Police Department. The mother informed detectives her son was in the Intensive Care Unit as result of his injuries sustained on March 22, 2009. After receiving this new information, detectives began investigating the case further by trying to contact the witnesses. On April 7, 2009, detectives contacted the original witness who reported what he saw during the incident. This witness told detectives he saw the suspect hit Mr. Meadows and Mr. Meadows did not grab the buttocks of the suspect’s wife. Detectives also re-contacted the victim Mr. Meadows to get more names of possible witnesses who were present at the time of the assault. On April 23, 2009, detectives spoke with another witness who stated the suspect hit Mr. Meadows with a beer bottle. This witness is the first person to mention the use of a beer bottle during the assault.

Detectives have diligently and continually investigated this matter so that the facts of the incident can be presented to the Grand Jury and for later use by the district attorney. It is my opinion that our police officers and detectives acted appropriately at the scene and at the hospital with the amount of information provided at the time of the incident. While it is regrettable that Mr. Meadows was the victim of a crime, the Department has investigated this matter and developed leads and information as it would in any case to ensure all of the facts that are available are made known.

William J. Anderson
Chief of Police
(End of statement)


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  • by jack on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    clearly the police still have a lot of explaining to do This letter says between the time the man was arrested at tiebreakers and infront of the magistrate was 10 minutes????
  • by Citizen J Location: Simpson on Jun 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Since when is an admission to punching someone in the face not enough to at least draw an assault charge? If it had been you or me they would have locked us up. Perhaps the magistrate did not have the information but is it not the GPD's job to gather that info? Or the vic's mom?
  • by To R Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    The GPD statement was in response to an editorial and NEWS ACCOUNT. The news account was written by Michael Abramowitz, a reporter with the Daily Reflector.
  • by R Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    The article in The Reflector was an opinion piece, not a news account. The author is limited by length regulations that don't afford him the luxury of retelling every detail of a story that has already been covered. I applaud Mr. Colligan for his work and for bringing this issue to light.
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    To The Suspect located in Grenville: According to the GPD statement, the police reported to the magistrate that the "suspect" hit the "victim" after the "victim" shoved the "suspect". There is such a thing as self defense. This may have been what the magistrate based his/her decision on.
  • by jack on Jun 6, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    this letter says NOTHING it looks like very sloppy police work BTW- have you seen anything move so fast police response-136 am suspect arrested-210 am magistrate hearing,story told,decision to release made 220 am victim interviewed 251am case closed- time elapsed according to andersons letter- 84 minutes WOW!!!!
  • by jack on Jun 6, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Chief Anderson is leaving a lot out this is still a cover-up I cannot believe that a police officer called the hospital and did not talk to the doctor /nurse or better yet go to the hospital or have an officer there take mr meadows statement I see nothing in this sloppy letter from Anderson that relieves the police of incompetence in this case regardless of what some of you think Anderson is covering up something
  • by To Lisa Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Staff at PCMH rarely give any information to police; choosing to hide behind HIPPA laws instead. Try going into the ER and asking a doctor for information on a patient. The response you will get is basically what the police usually get - nothing. Everyone has their opinion of how things should have been done. My suggestion is that before you accuse the police of covering up, you know what you are talking about.
  • by The Suspect Location: greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    admitted he punched the guy, what more evidence did the magistrate need? However, the Reflector really messed this one up and had people thinking the GPD was changing people's statements and there was no followup with the victim. All of which were not true. Nice reporting Reflector/ sarcasm.
  • by JTF Location: NC on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Ya'll ought to go to the DR article on this investigation and read some of the comments left by the gays there. Some of them are threatening straights with Glocks and gay gang rape there. Check out the comments by "Steve", that claims to be a "gay Marine". That's what happens when laws are changed by activist judges that allow degenerate behavior like homosexuality. WITN I understand if you don't post this comment, but please go to the DR article and confirm what I've written. The gays, in Greenville anyway, are out of control. If this was the attitude of the alleged "victim" in this case, no wonder he got punched out by the "suspect" in this case.
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