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Local News
3:21 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

App Allows Users To Film, Upload Police Interactions To ACLU

Mobile Justice North Carolina app screenshot.

It’s easy to record video using a smart phone, but where do you send it if you believe it’s proof of someone’s rights being violated? The ACLU of North Carolina says a new app will take care of that. 

All video that’s taped using the Mobile Justice NC will be sent directly to the ACLU of North Carolina.

Carolyna Manrique is a staff attorney for the group. She says the app makes it easy for users to upload video, no matter the situation.

"Perhaps the person is ordered by the police to stop recording and they’re very quickly being put in handcuffs or something like that. Well, once the person shakes the phone or clicks on stop, it will immediately send the video to us without them having to do anything else," says Manrique.

Manrique says the automatic upload when they shake the phone is important, because the ACLU will get the video immediately, even if the bystander’s phone is confiscated by the police.

North Carolina’s ACLU office is the seventh chapter to offer the app.

Courts
7:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Jury Rules CMPD Officer Used Excessive Force In Taser Death

The parents of La-Reko Williams, Anthony Williams and Temako McCarthy, leave the federal courthouse in Charlotte after the trial of CMPD police officer Michael Forbes ended Thursday afternoon.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

A federal jury ruled today that a CMPD Officer used excessive force when he fired a taser on a man a second time, causing his death in 2011.

The jury also awarded the victim's family $500,000.


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Crime
4:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fired Hickory Officer Indicted On Assault Charge

Former Hickory Police Department Sergeant Robert George was fired from his position after an SBI investigation concluded on January 3. He was indicted by a grand jury on March 17.
Credit Catawba County Government

A former Hickory police officer is charged with felony assault. He's accused of using aggressive force in November when he pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground during a license and registration check.  

Sergeant Robert George was fired from his job in January and a grand jury indicted him this week.


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Local News
1:29 am
Sat December 14, 2013

17-year-old Charged In Shooting Of Three Teens

  A 17-year-old turned himself in Friday morning in the shooting of three teenagers. Anthony Williams is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. 


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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

$500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child

Bond was set for $500,000 for Dorian Lee Harper, left and $520,000 Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, of Monroe.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

 Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. While looking for the animal, he followed a trail that led to the child's secluded home.

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Gaston County
9:29 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bessemer City Will Form Its Own Police Force

The Gaston County Police Department has provided services to Bessemer since 1998. On Monday night, Mayor Becky Smith broke a tie that created a new police force as a cost-saving measure.
Credit Courtesy of Gaston County Police

Bessemer City council members were divided Monday night in Gaston County over whether to form its own police department, separate from the county. Mayor Becky Smith broke the tie on Monday night by voting in favor of a local police department.  

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