DA drops Durham police assault case
From Capitalist Media
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham County District Attorney’s office has dropped all charges against Stephanie Nickerson.
The 25-year-old Navy veteran had faced resisting arrest and assaulting an officer charges in an October incident in which she claims an officer repeatedly punched her in the head and face – leaving her with a broken nose, a black eye and swollen lips.
Nickerson’s case has drawn considerable community attention, and prompted multiple protests in front of the Durham Police Department. Supporters have called for the officer involved to be removed from duty and criminally charged.
The police department has said it is investigating the incident. Officer Brian Schnee is not charged.
Nickerson told ABC11 in previous interviews that the incident began when police arrived at her friend’s home early in the morning on Sunday Oct. 28 to investigate a report of a disturbance.
She said officers wanted to come in to search the property, but she told her friend that she didn’t have to let officers in, and that’s when things escalated.
“He was like put your arms behind your back, and I jerked my arm away and said no I haven’t done anything wrong. And immediately after I jerked my arm back he threw me on the ground, he held me by my neck, and punched me repeatedly in my face and head,” Nickerson said.
Some of the incident was captured on cell phone video. Although it is dark and blurry, friends of Nickerson are heard yelling for the officer to stop.
“He was hitting her with all his force. I could see him going all the way back, hitting her as hard as he could, and there was nothing I could do,” eyewitness Tahveya Platt said.
ABC11 is checking with Durham police for the latest on its internal investigation of the incident.