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Image of GPD defies reality


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Michael Abramowitz’ June 2 article for the Interfaith Clergy asks Greenville residents to “create a more positive public image” of law enforcement officers. Under the headline, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” he describes plans for a “Blessing of the Badges” ceremony later this month.

When we were younger, the word “piece” was used to describe a gun. We suggest people everywhere demand: “Piece users be held accountable.” Yes, that means those who carry a gun and wear a badge, also. With all due respect to Revs. Coles, Hudak and others, we do not believe law enforcement “... help solve our problems.” We believe they are the ones “disturbing the peace” and they should withhold their “piece” more often than draw and/or discharge it.

A few examples:

Greenville Police Officers Brock Flannery, Joshua Smith and Travis Brinkley were disciplined for a well-publicized traffic stop in the summer of 2018. Two were fired and the other removed from the GPD Gang Unit they all were assigned to. Previously, on Dec. 28, 2017, two of the three were among other officers who stopped a 22 year old African American male walking home from work. After cuffing him for no reason, they entered the home of his grandmother and two small children with “pieces” drawn and flashlights glaring. No arrests, no apologies.

When the Interfaith Clergy asks us to: “recognize badges as symbols of public faith,” we can’t forget the “sound explosive device” tossed into a home with women and children at Fourth and Tyson streets in July 2017. We remember the killing of David Melton, an alleged shoplifter described as having a knife by GPD Officer Tim Green in January 2018, and the fatal shot in the back of a running Cedric Pritchard by Washington, N.C., Police Officer Aaron Marbley on Oct. 21, 2018. We grieve with and honor those families.

Dedan Waciuri and Don Cavellini

Pitt County Coalition Against Racism


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


July 19, 2019

Hey, where’d Russia go?

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July 18, 2019

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July 16, 2019

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July 15, 2019

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July 14, 2019

What does the mayor’s basement have to do with good government?

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July 13, 2019

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July 12, 2019

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July 11, 2019

Regarding his letter to the Reflector on June 30, I don’t recall ever “having made [Milton Bland’s] acquaintance.” Perhaps Mr. Bland is simply too “bland” for one to remember. His comment that “ask[ed for] ... an unqualified favor ... Tinsley exudes a…

July 11, 2019

The Kiwanis Club of Golden K Greenville has completed this year’s Support of our Youth in the Pitt County Schools through distributing over 1,800 books to first-graders. This program started some 10 years ago and continues to grow.

Thanks to the Community Foundation of NC East Inc. for its…

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