Within the last month, a second Northhampton County, NC Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with a crime and the county’s top cop, Sheriff Wardie P. Vincent has dropped a veil of silence over the arrests by refusing to discuss both events.
This latest arrest warrant goes back to an event in April, charging Detective Lynette Clements, 41, with pushing a woman (misdemeanor assault and battery) at a club several times in the back, according to the Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids (http://bit.ly/LVWm0C ). Clements was working off duty as security at the nightclub. His lawyer Jamal Sumney said the woman was told to leave the club, and Clements escorted her out and did not assault her.
“Summey said he believes the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office is “under attack,” citing the fact Lt. Cory Jackson, also from the office, was charged with false imprisonment and assault in June.”
“These officers are under attack and they’re being wrongly charged with this stuff,” Summey said. “Who’s looking out for these officers?”
Innocent until proven guilty, right? Why doesn’t this apply to non-LEO’s when charged with a crime? The common perception then is that, if you were charged, you must have done something wrong.
Have thoughts about Clements’ actions? Let him know through his LinkedIn account: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lynette-clements/41/497/695