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'Disturbing' bodycam video shows police beating a man who was sitting on his mom’s porch


'Disturbing' bodycam video shows police beating a man who was sitting on his mom’s porch

Greensboro, NC city leaders released disturbing body camera video on Monday. It shows former Greensboro officer Travis Cole using excessive force and displaying "wrongful conduct" during a June 17 incident with Dejuan Yourse. Yourse was sitting on his mom's porch when the police answered the call. 

The neighbor who called the cops said he had a shovel and was trying  to break into the house. Yourse assured the responding officers that he wasn't breaking into his mother's house. He was using the shovel to wedge the garage door open to see if the dog was in there.  

The video shows Yourse explaining himself numerous times and even trying to get his mother on the phone. Officer Cole continued to question him and got upset when Dejuan got on the phone with a friend and told him to swing by because he was being "harassed" by the cops. 

Cole resigned from the Greensboro Police Department in August in light of the investigation. He resigned, and because of that, charges against him were dropped, but he will still be able to work in law enforcement elsewhere.

After releasing the video, city council members voted 8-0 in favor of a resolution calling for the permanent suspension of Travis Cole's law enforcement certification. Numerous people spoke after the resolution, saying that it wasn't satisfactory since this wasn't the first time the department has had issues with Cole. 

It was ugly, it was brutal, it was completely unnecessary.
Mayor Nancy Vaughan to Dejuan Yourse

During Monday's press conference, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan apologized to Yourse, who was in attendance, calling the incident "ugly."

Many Greensboro residents came out to watch the body camera footage and show their support for Yourse. People in attendance were visibly disturbed while watching the excessive force incident. 

Some were even asked to leave when they wouldn't stop shouting. 

The mayor said, "We agree. Black Lives Matter. We need a change."

Citizens are calling for more diligence, urgency and transparency. 

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