The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called upon to investigate a widely-publicized arrest in Harnett County, which isn’t far from Fort Bragg.
The request was submitted by Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats and District Attorney Vernon Stewart in response to a video posted on social media, which shows two HCSO deputies in a confrontation during an arrest.
The incident took place on December 10, after deputies pulled over a vehicle that matched the description of one used by an armed male involved in illicit drug activity.
Smelling marijuana, the deputies pulled all four vehicle occupants out and searched the vehicle, discovering drugs and a handgun.
“When the deputy approached the vehicle, the smell of marijuana was detected coming from the passenger compartment,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The 17-year-old male was discovered to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody.
As deputies took the young man to the police cruiser, two teenage girls began filming he incident, one using a phone that a deputy said was “evidence.”
When the 14-year-old did not comply, one deputy took her to the ground. Once cuffed, the girl kicked the phone towards he 17-year-old sister, Aumbria Urban.
When the elder Urban tried to pick the phone up, she too was restrained by the deputies.
“They have nothing against me, so for them to tackle me for recording is absolutely wrong,” said Urban.
One neighbor witnessed the event, and said the deputies did everything right.
“All the people out there started yelling at the sheriffs, being uncooperative. I stood here and watched it in my front yard,” said a neighbor who told CBS 17 he called 911. “They did what they’re supposed to do. They handled it. They didn’t do anything out of disrespect.”
Harnett county officials are looking into the incident and will release further information following an investigation.
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