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WPD explains use of force tactics

Monday, September 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It seems encounters with law enforcement are becoming more violent across the country.

Even here, we’ve been following a story about a Wilmington police officer accused of choking and threatening a handcuffed teen in his patrol car.

So, what are the approved use of force tactics?

From tasers to K9s, lethal force and pepper spray, Wilmington police used these tactics in 2013 to take down criminals, but how effective were they?

A K9 bite, less effective than the sight of the dog. A taser probe, less effective than just showing the taser. But why?

We went through WPD’s 2013 Internal Affairs Report, and asked them about these findings.

“If the probes don’t make good contact with the body, or there is not enough separation of the probes on the body then you’re not going to get a good electrical charge if you will,” Deputy Chief Marshall Williamson said.

But what tactics are the most effective? Williamson says it all depends on the situation.

“It doesn’t matter if you arrest the same person today in one area of use of force works today; you arrest the same person tomorrow, that same arena that you applied yesterday may not be effective today,” Williamson said.

He says that makes it impossible to pinpoint the most effective tactics.

And with all the recent K9 controversy, how effective are dogs in catching suspects? The report shows the simple display of a dog almost always stops criminals.

But what about bites? The report says they are not as effective.

“Some people react differently,” Williamson explained. “The dog many not have gotten a good bite on someone.”

But he says K9s are very useful when it comes to chasing a suspect.

“The force of the dog at 30-40 miles an hour will knock you down,” Williamson said.

Other effective uses of force were soft and hard empty hand control. Soft empty hand control meaning joint locks and wrist locks, and hard empty hand control meaning an officer actually striking a suspect with their body.

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Wake County schools experience three deaths in a week

Monday, September 29th, 2014

WAKE FOREST, NC (AP) — Officials with the Wake County Public School System are offering sympathies after the deaths of three students in separate incidents in the past week.

Multiple media outlets report a 15-year-old high school student was killed and four others were hurt Monday when two vehicles collided in Wake Forest. Authorities say Braden Rock was riding in his sister’s car and died in the crash. Two other passengers in her car and the driver of the second car were hospitalized.

So far, no charges have been filed.

Last Tuesday, 13-year-old Keith Jones was struck and killed by a car while waiting for a school bus. Isaiah Langston died after collapsing on the field last Friday before a football game. Another Wake County high school student died after a wreck earlier this month.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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AT&T launches U-verse in portions of New Hanover

Monday, September 29th, 2014

AT&T launched its U-verse high-speed Internet Monday in portions of New Hanover County.

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Witness: Naked man performed yoga in Wrightsville Beach hotel parking lot

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Wrightsville Beach visitors may have encountered a naked man doing yoga this weekend.

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Two new charter schools proposed for New Hanover County

Monday, September 29th, 2014

More than 40 applications where submitted by nonprofit organizations to open public charter schools in North Carolina in August of 2016, including two in New Hanover County.

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