GRAPHIC CONTENT: Body Cam Video Released From 2016 CMPD Use Of Force Incident
CHARLOTTE, NC — Body cam video from a 2016 use of force incident involving a former CMPD officer has been released.
The incident happened on March 26 involving former CMPD Officer Jon Dunham and the suspect James Yarborough. The department recently petitioned the courts to release the footage, which was finally made available Wednesday.
WARNING: Videos contain footage of a graphic nature and strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.
According to reports, Yarborough refused to comply with officer’s commands, resisted arrest, and tried to run during a felony traffic stop. Officer Dunham drew his service weapon on Yarborough during the struggle, and officers were eventually able to place him under arrest.
Police say a gun was found in the passenger area of the car where Yarborough was sitting.
Yarborough was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Resisting Arrest, but both charges were later dismissed.
An investigation determined that Officer Dunham’s use of force did not violate state law, but did recommend that Dunham receive additional training and verbal communication.
After the investigation concluded, Officer Dunham resigned from CMPD.
Chief Putney released the following statement regarding the incident:
“Anytime an officer has to engage in a use of force situation the optics are always unpleasant. We as a department hold ourselves to a high standard and believe the level of force was legally justified. I cannot defend the language, nor can I defend all of the tactics employed by one of the officers. We as an organization strive to be as restrained as possible by applying the minimal force necessary to arrest a person who is resisting.”