GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Several people spoke at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, more than one week after the city released body camera video of a former Greensboro police officer using what many are calling excessive force on Dejuan Yourse.
"I want to thank you for listening to the people," said one speaker.
"I'd like to start off by thanking the city council for the steps in the right direction you all made last week," said Brian Watkins, addressing council members.
Community members and activists praised the city council for releasing video of the June incident.
"We want people to be treated equally in every aspect of city activity," said another speaker.
The video shows the former officer punching Yourse in the face and pinning him to the ground.
Yourse was sitting on the porch of his mother’s home when neighbors reported a possible burglary.
Some said making the video public is a huge step towards regaining the public's trust.
"Look at the footage,” said a local pastor. “If you tell me what you saw is the way you would police Greensboro, I will stand and say you don't deserve a badge."
Many others dressed in blue showed support for the former officer.
"I personally support Officer Travis Cole and Officer Charlotte Jackson for their actions on June 17, 2016,” said Greensboro Police Officer Eddy Summer. "Police officers are often forced to make split second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving."
Ryan Walton of the Greensboro Police Officer's Association says the video doesn't tell the whole story.
"Just watching the camera footage alone isn't enough,” Walton said. “You need to have the context and the legal basis of what's going on prior to watching that camera footage."
Walton also says the June incident was being investigated by the police department and says there was no cover-up.
"This was not something that was swept under the carpet," he said.
Former Officer Travis Cole resigned in August.
Officer Charlotte Jackson, who was with Cole during the incident, resigned last week.
City council members are sending a letter to Raleigh to ask that Cole's certification as a police officer is revoked.