Rev. Bill Godair of North Carolina’s Cornerstone Church joined forces with the NAACP last week to claim the police in Salisbury have a history of mistreating citizens.

“With all of the issues that have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri,” he said, “I refuse to sit back and not do anything or say anything until Ferguson, Missouri, becomes a reality here in Salisbury.”


“A year ago,” he said, “I felt that I was very, very badly mistreated by the Salisbury PD. I had just been to a funeral. I was on my way to the hospital. I was in dress clothes, my wife was with me. . . . I never said anything to nobody, actually it was in February of 2013.”

According to WBTV, Godair wrote a letter to Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson claiming his wife was “scared” by the aggressive behavior of the officer.

But police say there is “no evidence of misconduct” in the police officer’s interaction with Godair, and released the video of when the reverend was pulled over in 2013 to prove it (footage via WBTV):


WSOC-TV contacted Godair about the incident, and he maintains the police acted inappropriately.



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