Wilmington, NC — A wild video was shared with the Free Thought Project this week showing two Wilmington cops breaking into a home and tasering the occupant inside after he reportedly called police to report human trafficking in his neighborhood. The entire time, police refused to identify themselves or even acknowledge why they were there in the first place.
As the video begins, the officers are seen breaking the glass to the front door before tasering the person inside. When the officers realize they are being filmed they demand the home owners get off the porch.
“He just tased him!” a man says on the video.
The female officer is frantically yelling at the person inside to get on the ground, before her colleague says, “I got nothing.” He then holsters his taser and fails as he tries to kick the door in.
During the struggle to enter the home, the female officer reaches inside to unlock the door and cuts her arm on the broken glass.
She then rushes the person filming and knocks the phone from his hand in the process.
“We called you because there’s f**kng prostitutes in our neighborhood and you’re kicking our asses!” the man filming yells.
“Get off the porch,” the male officer tells him.
“This is my porch! Get off my porch!” the man filming replies.
The man filming then asks the female officer for her name, who also tells him to get off the porch. The blood from the glass is seen on her left forearm as she yells, “Get away, now. Get away! Do not approach me!”
“Forgive me, I’m on my porch. What’s going on? What is going on? I called you for prostitutes — what’s going on? Please tell me,” the man filming asks.
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He would ask that question 45 times and never once did the officers answer.
More police units then arrive and the situation moves to the street. The man filming the incident follows the officers who appear to chase someone down about 100 years away.
As he approaches them, police apparently had enough of him filming and a female officer yells, “Put your hands behind your back now. Put them behind your back now!”
The video ends at this point.
According to Port City Daily, in response to the video — and to questions of why the officers had behaved aggressively without answering the filmer’s questions — WPD spokesperson Jessica Williams said the department is aware of the video and is “looking into the facts and circumstances of the case.”
“This is the busiest time of year for the police department, but we’re doing our best to get answers to you all as quickly as possible and we understand that the public is concerned about what’s shown in this video,” Williams said.
No other details were released as to why the officers were there and why they were trying to break into the home.
Records from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office detention center show that an arrest was made several houses away for charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Exactly how this arrest was related to this incident is unclear.
The video was first uploaded to the Facebook page of a man named Jimmy Valimont, who appears to be the man filming. It was uploaded with the caption, “When you call about hookers in the neighborhood …”
While we don't know all the details of the call or the report of the "prostitutes" in the area, residents have a right to be concerned about human trafficking. A man was arrested a few weeks prior to this incident for human trafficking in the area. Dwayne Poole Jackson is currently being held at Pender County Jail in Burgaw under a $1 million-secured bond on charges of human trafficking.
It is important to point out that there is nothing wrong with the mutually beneficial exchange of sexual favors for money by two or more consenting partners. However, it is the involuntary act of human trafficking that is immoral and should be stopped.