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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