Here’s another disturbing video of Heroes in action. Even more disturbing, though, is what happened afterward.
Video has emerged showing a Greensboro, North Carolina Hero Cop brutalizing a compliant man after receiving a call about a “suspicious person” at his mom’s home.
Yourse is calm and polite, the Hero agitated and aggressive.
“Where’s your key brah?” Cole asks. “Do you actually live here?”
Yourse then tries unsuccessfully to call his mother on speaker phone to corroborate the story. “Its a shame that I can’t even sit on my own mother’s porch without someone calling the police,” Yourse says. “That’s crazy.”
After some conversation, the female officer returns from her patrol car and asks for his ID. He gives it to her and she returns to run his name. Yourse then attempts to walk by Cole in order to take him to a neighbor’s house to verify his story. As a result, Cole pushes him back slightly and says, “nah nah nah, sit down,” and things escalate.
Yourse attempts to call someone on the phone and asks them to come to his mom’s house because “the police are harassing” him.
Cole then grabs the phone and tells Yourse to put his hands behind his back. The Hero is then seen on the body-cam footage punching Yourse in the face and dragging him down onto the porch before he is handcuffed. While on the way to a patrol car, Yourse is taken down again. Cole and the female officer then keep him on the ground while other officers respond.
Watch the raw footage:
Following the incident, an investigation was launched and Cole resigned from the Greensboro police department in August. Because he resigned however, charges against him were dropped – meaning he will be able to work as a Hero officer at another department.
The footage was released on Monday by the Greensboro City Council. Members called the incident an example of “disturbing” excessive force and “wrongful conduct” during a press conference.
The eight member council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling for the permanent suspension of Cole’s law enforcement certification. Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan apologized to Yourse and called what occurred “ugly.”
Yourse is expected to pursue civil action in the case.