Raleigh, N.C. — One of many three candidates to grow to be Raleigh’s subsequent police chief mentioned 4 years in the past that she had no downside with an officer seen in video holding a gun to a person’s head.
Estella Patterson has been deputy chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Division since 2019. She has labored her approach up the ranks of the division since she began there in 1996.
Throughout a Thursday night time discussion board by which she and the opposite two candidates for the Raleigh job answered questions from the general public, Patterson vowed to make Raleigh the most secure group in America. She additionally said that any misconduct by police, particularly associated to race, should be investigated.
“If now we have an incident by which an officer or an worker is accused of constructing a racial assertion or racial remark, we’re going to do an investigation,” she mentioned.
However in 2017, she defended a Charlotte officer who threatened to kill an unarmed man. On the time, she headed the police division’s Inner Affairs Bureau.
Footage from a body-worn digicam obtained by WBTV in Charlotte exhibits officers arresting James Yarborough, and an officer recognized as Jon Dunham may be heard threatening him.
“Cease. I’ll kill you,” Dunham mentioned within the video as he pressed a gun to Yarborough’s head.
The arrest adopted a visitors cease by which Yarborough tried to run from police, and filed an extreme pressure criticism towards Dunham.
“If you look utterly on the totality of the circumstances, it’s important to ask your self, is that cheap? And based mostly on every part, it was cheap,” Patterson informed WBTV when requested concerning the bodycam footage.
Dunham had already left the division by the point the WBTV story aired, and he was by no means formally reprimanded for the incident.
Patterson did not reply Friday to WRAL Information’ requests for remark.
Neither Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, any member of the Metropolis Council, Metropolis Manger Marchell Adams-David nor the search agency the town used to assist vet candidates for police chief responded to requests for remark, both.
The Metropolis Council could select the subsequent chief at its assembly subsequent Tuesday. Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown retires on June 30, and officers have mentioned they want to have the brand new chief in place by then.
The opposite two candidates are Rob Lowe, deputy superintendent of the Cambridge (Mass.) Police Division, and Darryl McSwain, chief of police for the Maryland-Nationwide Capital Park Police.