No Excessive Force In Councilwoman Arrest

Pitt County's district attorney says there is no evidence to support claims of excessive force in the arrest of Greenville city councilwoman Kandie Smith.

Smith was arrested back on June 6th for resisting arrest and trespassing. Smith claimed she was looking into allegations of police brutality and harassment in Downtown Greenville.

According to the police report, Smith was approached by two Greenville police officers at the Stop Shop convenience store on West 5th Street and told to move on.

After an exchange between Smith and one of the officers, Smith was arrested for the misdemeanors.

The State Bureau of Investigation completed its probe of the excessive force allegations and turned the results over to the D.A. last week

The police department says it's Internal Affairs Unit has completed its investigation and concluded no violation of departmental policy occurred with the Smith arrest. In a statement from police chief William Anderson, the officer who arrested Smith has been returned to full duty.

Smith is due in court August 24th to answer the misdemeanor charges.

Statement from Chief William Anderson

On Monday, July 26, 2010, District Attorney Clark Everett notified this office of his findings concerning the arrest of Ms. Kandie Smith. Mr. Everett after reviewing the investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was of the opinion that there was insufficient evidence to support an allegation of excessive force during the arrest of Ms. Smith. The Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit has completed its investigation and concluded no violation of Departmental policy occurred. With both the SBI and internal investigations complete, the arresting officer has been returned to full duty status.

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  • by to sara Location: gville on Aug 7, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    im black and the councilwoman was wrong, she was the one doing the racism , not good
  • by James Location: New Bern on Aug 6, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    All of these politicians think they are above the law. Vote them out ! Vote for people that will push for TERM LIMITS !
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    I am very disappointed with the City Council. Why haven't they done anything about Ms Smiths actions, as in, conduct unbecoming of an elected official. She should save grace and resign. But I doubt she even see's the error of her judgment and probably thinks she was only looking out for the best interest of her constituents.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    I have 2 biracial sons, and you will not hear me instilling them with this victim mentality, as Rich aptly put it. There are racists of every skin color in this world, but I'm not going to teach my sons that everyone is out to get them just because they're half black. This case had nothing to do with race. It had everything to do with Ms. Smith's attitude. She failed to follow a direct order given by a police officer. If she'd identified herself, stated her purpose for being downtown in the first place, none of this would have happened. Instead she goes downtown with the purpose of provoking an officer. There is a no loitering law downtown, period. White and Black people are asked to move on if they stay in one spot for too long. People are treated in the manner in which they present themselves. Be accountable for your own actions, and stop looking for racially motivated excuses, when there aren't any.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    Sara, please don't instill the victim mentality you live by into your children. Their futures depend on them being strong and proud and knowing they need to work hard to make it. You will not do well for them spewing your whiney victim mentality comments. I don't like it when a gang member cuts his eyes at me and attempts to get me to fight him so he and his friends can jump me. I don't whine about it, though, I just avoid the situation and don't write that all black males are gang members and put down a whole community because of a couple of bad apples. Ms. Smith showed her true colors by starting this racial outcry. Two white males were also arrested downtown that very same night for similar violations. Is the white officer who held them accountable a racist as well?
  • by Sara Location: greenville on Aug 4, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    Wow.An this is all coming from the city I now live in.imagine what others will think when they read your comments,all you can do is call names an tell me to leave your city,ofcourse that is expected from people like you. I don't care about the NAACP or any of the others involved in Ms.Smiths case. I care about my son comming home telling me that the security gard follows him all over the store an not the other child or how the white man in the truck yelled get out the street "N".an how when I walk into a bussiness with my kids an get treated like unwanted guests.I don't care if you don't want to open your eyes an realize how things truly are around here,because all your ignorance has showed rite here in your comments. If you feel Ms.Smith was wrong then fine,prove it the right way, all this slander is so not needed.I'm here because I have to be like alot of others here,you have no rite to tell me to go any where."TRUE COLORS" always shine brighter then any.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    To sara from chicago, If you were refused entry into a bar for those reasons, the bar could and should be punished. That's why I believe you have made that up. Basically, I think you're a liar. I have NEVER seen that happen in Gvlle, and I used to go downtown every night. Now, do us Gvlle natives a favor and go back to chicago; and take your messiah with you. Between him and the naacp, they've set race relations BACK to the way it was in the 60s & 70s. IMO
  • by Wendy Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    If you knew the officer involved or the chief of police you would know it was not racially motivated on either side. Kandi was supposedly investigating information of harassment- which she should. Kandi stepped over the line by not leaving the private property as advised by the officer. The area of the store is known for problems and the store has a no trespassing agreement for 'anyone' found on the property. This should have been avoided and the negative and evil comments here are absurd. 'Sara' you are not wrong in all of your comments but the city should not be defined by the idiots- on both sides of the black/white coin. I wish you well.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    Can't wait to see if she gets charged in her court case.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 2, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Sara, you must not realize the racism that the whites in North Carolina have to deal with. If you think it's so bad here, then go back to Chicago where all the idiots come from.

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