A white police officer from Greensboro, North Carolina will not face criminal charges after he was filmed brutally assaulting an unarmed black man who was sitting on his mother’s porch.
On Monday, Guilford County Chief Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann said that, despite having violated his department’s “use of force” policy, former Greensboro Police Department officer Travis Cole did not break the law when he participated in the arrest of Dejuan Yourse earlier this summer.
Body-camera footage of the July 17 arrest shows Yourse sitting calmly on his mother’s front porch when police arrive in response to a neighbor’s call of a possible break-in. After several minutes of polite questioning, during which Yourse explains that he is waiting for his mother to get home, Cole is seen poking Yourse in the chest and can be heard saying “you seemed a little animated.” Shortly thereafter, Cole attempted to arrest Yourse, viciously hitting him as the two struggled.
Yourse was eventually charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.