Police sue, say council member tried to provoke officers
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two former North Carolina police officers and a current one are suing a city council member who they say staged encounters with officers to provoke them.
The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announced the filing of the lawsuit Monday at a news conference in Greenville.
A news release by the association says Greenville City Council Member Kandie Smith targeted the officers, who were members of the Greenville Police Department gang unit.
The PBA says Smith pressured the police department into taking disciplinary action against the officers, leading to two being fired. PBA executive director John Midgette says Smith’s actions included “staging encounters attempting to provoke officers.”
Smith told The Associated Press that she can’t comment because she hasn’t seen the lawsuit. She is a Democratic candidate for state House.