Greensboro leaders vote to release ‘disturbing’ body camera video

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In five days, the public will get a look at body camera video at least one Greensboro city leader described as "disturbing."

The video shows former Greensboro Police Officer Travis Cole displaying "wrongful conduct" during an incident on June 17.

“Well it's horrible! And I say this as a white male representative,” said Greensboro City Councilman Mike Barber.

“I was very concerned and disturbed about what I saw,” stated Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland.

Tuesday night, Greensboro City Council got the opportunity to view the body camera video and voted to release it to the public.

“If you get down to common decency and respect, that officer didn't show it,” Barber mentioned.

Greensboro police tell FOX8 that Cole and the other officer were responding to a possible breaking and entering.

When they arrived at the house, Dejuan Yourse and his father were both sitting on the porch.

Body cameras on both Cole and his partner captured what happened next, now described by police as Cole using excessive force on Yourse, who wasn't injured.

“I had some information shared with me from the chief of police, which identified that there were some growing and developing community concern about this particular issue, incident that happened,” Westmoreland said.

An investigation was conducted on Travis Cole and Westmoreland says there could be criminal charges.

This is not the first time Cole has been in trouble with the department.

In August 2014, Devin and Rufus Scales were arrested by Cole for blocking traffic on an empty street, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Devin recorded his brother being handcuffed without incident, sparking questions about why he was charged.

Those charges were eventually dropped and Cole was suspended.

“Any work place that has 700 people in it, you're going to have one or two bad eggs. What we got to get better at is recognizing who those might be,” Barber said.

A press conference will be held Monday here at 1 p.m. to address this latest incident.