After reviewing the violent arrest of unarmed Dejuan Yourse, Greensboro City Council members released body cam footage from the arrest.
In June of this year, Yourse sat on the front porch of his mother’s house and waited for her to let him in. While he sat, minding his own business, he was approached by two North Carolina officers who were called to investigate a break in.
When Yourse was approached by Travis Cole and C.N. Jackson, he attempted to explain that he was waiting for his mother, who he visits on a daily basis. After presenting his ID, which listed the house as his residence, and calling his mother to verify his presence, tension between Cole and Yourse escalated.
Eventually, Cole grabbed Yourse’s phone from his hands and threw him to the ground. Cole repeatedly punched Yourse, who did not resist in any way.
After arresting Yourse, Cole and Jackson charged him with resisting arrest and assaulting government officials. Greensboro police then started an internal investigation into Yourse’s arrest. Halfway through the investigation, Cole resigned from his position and the charges against Yourse were dropped.
Eleven days after Yourse resigned, Greensboro finished its internal investigation. As a result of the investigation, the Guilford County District Attorney’s office declined to charge Cole with assault.
After much pressure from activists, City Council members held a meeting to push for the public release of body camera footage from the arrest. The City Council then asked prosecutors to reexamine the case and discipline Cole for inappropriately assaulting Yourse.
On Tuesday, council members met with Chief Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann and District Attorney Doug Henderson. However, the District Attorney’s office refused to reopen the case and push for Cole to be criminally charged.
“There’s nothing new in there?” Neumann said he and Henderson asked. “You want us to rehash the same evidence? We’re not going to do that.”
Cole will not receive any criminal charges for the violent arrest. During the release of the tapes, Jackson also resigned from her position.
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