Raleigh Police Officer Dragged By Fleeing Suspect

A Raleigh police officer was dragged down the street after his arm got caught in the seatbelt of a truck fleeing a traffic stop.

Police said the officer stopped Cornelius Thompson near downtown Raleigh early Wednesday morning for a broken headlight.

The officer says he saw Thompson hiding something and the two began to struggle.

Authorities say the officer's arm became stuck, and he was dragged several feet as Thompson began driving away. The officer managed to free himself, then jumped in his patrol car and chased the truck for 30 minutes before winding up at Thompson's home near Garner.

The officer was treated for minor injuries.

Charges against Thompson include assault on an officer and cocaine possession. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Its not about race. Location: Somewhere Peacful on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    First off when people refer to "those people" they may be refering to criminals,child molesters,christians, or catholics. It not always about black people. When people say those people always get hand-outs and they are refering to a black person its because one of the questions when applying for help with doctors and all is "Are you african american?" Which is simply unfair another that kills me is do you have any children.. Do I have kids I have a thousands of dollars worth of doctor bills and you need to know if I have kids? After basically being told there was nothing they could do I wasn't black and I didnt have any children that she Reccomened me go get pregnant. It dont matter who my childs father is, but after I got pregnant then I would be able to get everything.... No wonder people are having so many children outta wedlock.. They are being encouraged to. the those people comment could be refering to those who sit at home and live very nicely I might add off the system... And most of them are black. Dont get me wrong there are some trashy white people out there and THOSE PEOPLE need to get a job and quit living off our dime.. I met a small child the other day whose mother and father stay at home and live off of the system.. The child barely knew reading, but could tell me how many beer was in a tall bottle and can cases.. He said his dad drank them all the time. And his mom played on FB most of the day making the children 9 and under tend to them selves including cooking their own lunch even though their lazy mother gets food stamps.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:29 PM in reply to Its not about race.
      witn won't post any of my comments
  • by WTF Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Did home girl say rooms and Boards, Got to love it, oh and by they way im BLACK so dont pull the race card Shameeka
  • by lucy on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Why must people make everything racial? It has nothing to do with his color! Black, White, Red, Yellow or purple polka dotted the law is the same for everyone. (or should be). If someone is in the wrong they should be punished. Not because they are black and we think black people are trouble makers but because the law is the law. Stop turning everything into a racial issue! If they break the law they should be punished no matter what color they are!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM in reply to lucy
      I agree with you lucy on this one. But you know people get on this comment board and turn everything into a race thing. I have heard comments like why all blacks have to steal? Why all blacks wear there pants hanging? But as a 54 year old black women that raised 3 children all honor students and never asked for a hand out. My husband and I worked, see all Blacks are not asking for hand outs!
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        by Shameeka on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to
        I ain't lookin for no handout all I want is some justice. You see what happenned to Mr. Richardson don't you. Theres no justice around here for blacks. Especially not with judge david duke!! All yall ever see is the black man was doing something wrong and thats why the police messed with them, you ever think that they won't doing nothing no worse than what you be doing but THEY get stopped by the police. Its harrassment plain and simple
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          by Retired Enlisted Marine on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Shameeka
          Well the point of the matter is the Officer did a great job and it was a legal stop.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:55 AM in reply to Shameeka
          You know, I really hope that one day when I'm in trouble I can scream, "I need a handout and I didn't do it," and get away with it. You little miss need to grow up and get over yourself. Your self-entitlement issues run deep. Get a therapist. I've been hassled by the cops plenty of times when I wasn't doing anything wrong and I'm white!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to
        to Anonymous 54 year old black woman: you got THREE children through school because you did your job as a parent... I applaud you!!!
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        by quit whining on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:02 PM in reply to
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      by local/jville on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to lucy
      Lucy theres one more color and it's more powerful than the atom bomb and will corrupt,kill and destroy all of mankind!!!The color of money(green)...
  • by Jenn on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    i didn't read that and think when th person said these people as a race, i saw it as "these people " as in CRIMINALS, that our tax money DOES pay for room, board,food, and education for.. i read it for what was said not a racist comment. If he was pulled over it was for a reason possibly traffic stop, not race. Come on now, I am so sick of hearing the race card. It's a crimnal card
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to Jenn
      Jenn, I thank you for your support, as I was the one that made that comment. It seems nowadays, we are not able to use the English language without having someone read into particular words or phrases. If folks like Shameeka were not so standoffish, and her response obviously was, the world would be such a better place. Shameeka, let me assure you, if I was stopped by an officer of the law, I would treat that officer with respect and dignity. This person (oh wait, can I use the word person without you getting offended?)chose to drive his car off with an officer's arm caught in his window, and could have killed him. I'm sorry to offend you Shameeka, but this man will never get my sympathy. It is what it is.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    He will claim that it was the officer's fault for violating his constitutional right to operate a defective automobile. Rules do not apply to these people. When will the officers realize this? All sarcasm aside, lets put him in jail and pay for his room, board, food, and give him a free education. It's what we do for the rest of them, might as well add one more.
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      by Shameeka on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to
      Who you calling "these people"!!! And you ain't never paid for none of my rooms or boards. I'm about tired of all you getting on here talking bout some food and education. If you knew how much we goes through and has to struggle you would shut your mouth. I bet that cop would have never even stopped him if he won't "one of those people".
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        by To Shameeka on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to Shameeka
        Maybe by "these people" he meant CRIMINALS!!
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        by Me on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:17 PM in reply to Shameeka
        Hey Shameeka, Who are you calling, "all of you"?
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        by Retired Enlisted Marine on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:52 PM in reply to Shameeka
        We goes through? Here we go again.
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        by ME 2 on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to Shameeka
        Are you for real?
  • by that will be on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    DARWIN award; this guy not only drags a cop; but gets chased 30 minutes and never dumped his dope! what a genius! My question is: what is his bond or does he have one?

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