Salisbury police have fired two officers in the last few months. The NAACP is thinking about getting the U.S. Department of Justice involved.
First, 22-year veteran Kenny Lane accused Salisbury police of shocking officers with Tasers repeatedly during training. He was fired in November. City Manager Doug Paris upheld the decision this month and sent him a letter finding him "insubordinate" and "not truthful."
Sgt. Rodney Mahaley lost his job Wednesday. Police sent him a letter, stating he was "hit by a simulation round fired by a subordinate and responded to the individual in a manner that was unbecoming of a supervisor."
Mahaley is the same person Lane accused of mistreating him during training, but the city said the two cases are not related, implying Mahaley allegedly mistreated a different officer.
Local NAACP President Scott Teamer said he's concerned with alleged misconduct "across the board," against whites and minorities. He said he's gotten several complaints from officers and regular citizens that Salisbury police use too much force in training, including excessive shocking with Tasers.
"We are not singling out any officer at this time. We are looking for a culture change and we expect our city officials to step up to the plate," Teamer said.
He plans to speak with state NAACP leaders next week about how to proceed, and whether to pursue this with the Justice Department.
A city spokesperson said the city manager and the police chief wouldn't discuss these latest developments.