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Greensboro places promotions on hold for officers connected to Travis Cole incident

Greensboro police patrol car. (File photo)

Effective immediately, Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland is placing a 30-day hold on the promotion of any officers directly involved in the incident and events involving former police officer Travis Cole or in the investigative process, the city said in a media release.

Police Chief Wayne Scott is compiling a report to provide to Westmoreland and City Council about the process used in the events involving Cole.

Cole and another officer responded to a call at a house about a possible burglary. In an incident captured on the officers’ body cameras, Cole punched Dejuan Yourse in the face and pinned him to the ground.

“In an effort to respond to City Council and community questions about this process and to ensure we have details and answers, I feel it is important to place a 30-day hold on any promotions involving this matter,” Westmoreland said in the media release.