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Salisbury Police Chief Responds to Complaints After NAACP Calls on Chief To Resign

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Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins released a statement Tuesday afternoon after The Salisbury-Rowan NAACP held a press conference Tuesday calling on the chief to resign. The NAACP, in conjunction with the pastor of Cornerstone Church, addressed accusations of excessive force and police misconduct within the Salisbury Police Department.

Teamer said the call for resignation is not to "single out" Collins, but he doesn't feel problems are being addressed, and the accountability starts at the top of the department. Teamer said the NAACP has been "overwhelmed" with complaints about police officers in the department. He says over the last few weeks, they've had at least 15 complaints, some of them regarding excessive force. He said there is video of one incident, but they aren't yet releasing it because they want to give the Salisbury City Council a chance to take action and demand that changes are made within the police department.

Bill Godair, pastor of Cornerstone Church, said he wrote a letter in July to Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Council member Karen Alexander about five families in his church that had come to him with complaints about the Salisbury Police Department. Godair says he has not received a response from his letter from Woodson or Alexander. He spoke with Collins Monday. He said Collins was "kind and concerned."

Godair said after he wrote the letter to the mayor, two more families came to him with concerns about the Salisbury Police Department. Godair said, "I refuse to sit back and not do anything or say anything until Ferguson, Missouri becomes a reality here in Salisbury.”

Tuesday afternoon Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins released the following statement...

"I have become aware of a Press Conference which occurred earlier today during which local pastor, Reverend Bill Godair and the NAACP discussed concerns with respect to complaints of excessive force and misconduct on the part of officers of the Salisbury Police Department.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of our work, it is not uncommon for folks to file complaints against police officers. The Police Department takes these complaints seriously and investigates 100% of them.

The Police Department is committed to serving our community to the best of its ability and in the most professional manner possible. I would ask that, any citizen who has a specific complaint regarding an officer, please feel free to contact my office."


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