A Greensboro, N.C, police officer will not face criminal charges after violently arresting a black man who was sitting on his mother’s porch. Greensboro Officer Travis Cole was stripped of his law enforcement credentials, after body camera footage of the arrest was made public.
Dejuan Yourse was sitting on the porch on June 17, when Cole and another officer responded to a break-in call.
The body camera footage shows Cole roughly throwing Dejuan Yourse to the floor of the porch and punching him as Yourse waited for his mom to come home and let him into the house, according to local news WREG.
In the video, Yourse is seen telling the cops that he’s just waiting for his mother and tries to get them to allow him to call her.
Cole snatches Yourse’s phone from his hand while Yourse is talking to someone, asking the person to come to his house because “the police is over here and they harassing me.” At that point Cole throws Yourse to the floor.
The district attorney refused to bring criminal charges against Cole, saying that he would not “rehash the same evidence,” according to the Greensboro News & Record.
“There’s nothing new in there?” Chief Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann said he and District Attorney Doug Henderson asked. “You want us to rehash the same evidence? We’re not going to do that.”