Mom says officers used excessive force at school

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Two Richmond County school public safety officers are under investigation after being accused of using excessive force against a student in their custody.

Charmaine Wilkerson said the officers used "brutality" in arresting her 18-year-old son at the Jan. 26 Josey High School basketball game, where he was on a date with his girlfriend.

Public Safety Director Julia Porter-Stein confirmed the internal affairs investigation but declined to comment further. Through his secretary, Superintendent Dana Bedden also declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.

David Wilkerson had parked in a handicapped spot but felt guilty after going into the game, his mother said.

He left the game to move his car, but she said that when he tried to re-enter, an officer prevented him from doing so and an argument ensued. The officer then called for backup.

"While in their custody, they beat him up while handcuffed," Mrs. Wilkerson said.

Her son, who was charged with disorderly conduct, suffered injuries that included burns, bruises and an injured shoulder, she said.

She was unsure what caused the burns but said he required medical care for his injuries.

She also accused the officers of using abusive language, including racial slurs, to humiliate David and of taking $10 from him when patting him down for drugs.

Earlier this school year, an internal investigation found that an officer at the Academy of Richmond County acted inappropriately and used excessive force with a female student who had been handcuffed.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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Jillian
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Jillian 02/06/08 - 11:55 am
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Sounds like a lot of

Sounds like a lot of overreaction from both sides when it comes to the story about the 18 yr. old getting arrested at the game.

How about rolling the tape and producing the police report and the witnesses in this case?

tdp
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tdp 02/06/08 - 11:58 am
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I'm sure this punk got what

I'm sure this punk got what he deserved. If his mother had raised him right then he wouldn't have gotten into an altercation with the officers to begin with. Maybe his mother should stop blaming the officers and start looking at the real culprit here -- her failure to properly raise that hoodlum! This is exactly why my child goes to a private and not public school. I don't want her to be exposed to these type of lowlifes!

JimiBob
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JimiBob 02/06/08 - 12:11 pm
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they loved to rape their

they loved to rape their wives and beat the innocent :)

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/06/08 - 12:13 pm
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I guess you know the Mother

I guess you know the Mother of this person? Someone may say that your Mother did not raise you right. You are the perfect example of what assuming leads to.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:16 pm
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kdrummer I agree with your

kdrummer I agree with your 9:18 post.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:17 pm
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there are crooked cops. Some

there are crooked cops. Some people refuse to even think that. I am saying that not all cops are good.

Farful
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Farful 02/06/08 - 12:27 pm
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once again, you can take them

once again, you can take them out of the trees...

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:28 pm
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If he had to be treated at a

If he had to be treated at a hospital, then he got the injuries from somewhere. He was wrong in parking where he did, and the cop was wrong in inuring him. Maybe someone taped it with their cell phone. that would be interesting.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:29 pm
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ghtty, trees? Are you calling

ghtty, trees? Are you calling black people monkeys?

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:31 pm
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If that is what you meant,

If that is what you meant, then I have no respect for you as a human being. You are worse than a thug.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:34 pm
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There are so many on here who

There are so many on here who spew out pure hate everyday. You make me sick.

rtn222222
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rtn222222 02/06/08 - 12:35 pm
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More arse whippings are

More arse whippings are needed in this area. If these teenage punks expect an arse whipping for there disrespectful actions; it would be sure to slow them down.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:36 pm
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yes whip them if they need

yes whip them if they need it.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 12:37 pm
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But while handcuffed?

But while handcuffed?

freeshy2006
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freeshy2006 02/06/08 - 01:07 pm
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Let's be real, Richmond

Let's be real, Richmond County Cops are corrupt. They say innapropriate things, use racial slurs often, and use excessive force regularly because they know they won't get caught or reprimanded. They know people will assume they are innocent and they take advantage. I've witnessed it first hand. An officer threatened to handcuff an 8 yr old boy that didn't want to go with a social worker, he was just crying and the officer told him if he didn't shut up he would handcuff him and PUT him in the car.

He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 02/06/08 - 01:18 pm
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The word of the boy's mother

The word of the boy's mother is hardly enough to condemn the officers. The no-comments by the school and internal affairs is hardly enough to condemn either party. I think we should wait a while before taking any extreme positions on either side.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/06/08 - 01:25 pm
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I'm with you on that one He

I'm with you on that one He Who Must Not Be Named.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/06/08 - 01:49 pm
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BTW Everybody, if you gotta

BTW Everybody, if you gotta minute and are home, might want to bring in or tie down any stuff that might fly around in a high wind. Don't want fragile items to break or to fly and break something else, in case the bad weather comes through here. I hope our community is spared. Rain is fine, though.

rjay
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rjay 02/06/08 - 01:50 pm
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Cmonster, since you have

Cmonster, since you have such a great education, with your BA go back to school and learn how to spell. because you may have aBA but you can't spell. Only if itis profanity can you spell, but put bachelor degree and you loose it. IT's NOT bachellors degree. But your asmart man

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 02/06/08 - 01:54 pm
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First things first: let the

First things first: let the investigation be completed and information released, an investigation which should be done by an independent agency, NOT the school security police.If this incident got the the stage of calling backup and handcuffing the student, there are certainly witnesses to the event. Hindsight on the part of the students and probably the police would indicate a different conclusion now probably. The student should not have parked in the handicapped space ; if he has attended other school athletic events he surely knows about the no re-entry rule, but there still could have been allowances made for him to move the car and re-enter IF he consulted the person on the door before leaving. That way if the person had said a definite no to re-entry the student could have weighed the importance of getting the ticket for illegal parking against the price of another ticket. to re-enter the gymn. AS far as I can tell none of the posters saw the event so all that we post is only speculation and opinion on our parts. It does though sound as if the injuries described are a bit excessive for a student who is only trying to re-ent

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 02:03 pm
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CoastalDawg, you are right.As

CoastalDawg, you are right.As for the excessive injuries, he was treated at a hospital, so there is proof of his injuries. We don't know the whole story. Hopefuly there are witnesses.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 02/06/08 - 02:05 pm
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Don't have full details about

Don't have full details about this incident but I bet $10 the young man gave the officer(s) a lot of lip about what he wasn't going to do. I have seen too many simular incidents created because of young people's MOUTH.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 02:06 pm
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A lot of lip is not an excuse

A lot of lip is not an excuse to beat up a handcuffed person.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 02/06/08 - 02:11 pm
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Rose, I don't expect the

Rose, I don't expect the officer to beat up on a handcuffed person, but I expect a person to respect authorty. When an officer issue a command---one avoids a lot of trouble obeying the command.

SunDown
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SunDown 02/06/08 - 02:12 pm
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If there is a "no reentry"

If there is a "no reentry" rule than that is the rule, follow it and shut up. I have never parked in a handicap spot becaue I am not handicapped. Those that illegally park in such a spot are scumb bags. This kid is a punk with a big mouth and now mommy and daddy smell lawsuit!

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 02/06/08 - 02:13 pm
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Wow alot of people in augusta

Wow alot of people in augusta suburbs are racist. And white people from the south get mad when other whites. From the west coast or up north think that southern whites. Are all racist dumb and backwards. If you read some of these comments you can't blame them. People can say what you want. But if the josey named change with greenbrier. The words thug, lowlife, cripple him, what do you expcect josey and laney, and others. So sad its 2008

coffeymate
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coffeymate 02/06/08 - 02:14 pm
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No. What is evident, from the

No. What is evident, from the majority of these comments, is most of the people posting comments are racist or don't have children.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 02:29 pm
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Rozzie2003 yes I agree with

Rozzie2003 yes I agree with your last comment, but just because a person is a cop does not make them right. There are crooked people in all walks of life, including police.All you have to do is read the news. A cop in dekalb county arrested driving drunk and driving his car into a Walmart. A cop just went on trial for killing his girlfriend and unborn baby. Another cop whose wife is missing, and he is the main suspect. So cops can be crooked. A few bad ones give the good ones a bad name. One last week caught in the act breaking in a woman's car and trying to rape her, and another cop saved her. The 2 cops shot at one another.

Rose
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Rose 02/06/08 - 02:32 pm
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So if a police officer orders

So if a police officer orders me to pull over, and I am suspicious of him, I will not pull over till I am in a safe area, and there are other people around.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 02/06/08 - 02:33 pm
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This young gentlemen already

This young gentlemen already showed his concern for the law when he broke it the first time to park in a handicapped parking space. What in the world would make this mother think that her son was a saint with a perfect attitude when he tried to re-enter the game. The only reason I'm assuming that he moved his car during the game was because he started getting scared after trying to look cool in front of his girlfriend that his car might get towed and he would look like a dummy after he left the game and couldnt get himself home. Mom, I"m sure he didn't move his automobile out of feeling bad (get a grip and accept reality).

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