Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Republican from Wilmington, has issued a statement in support of two state troopers accused of falsely arresting a Raleigh mother for drunken driving and then orchestrating an unjustified traffic stop of her husband.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is conducting an internal affairs investigation, but Goolsby, a lawyer, said he has already seen enough to make up his mind that the troopers are innocent of the allegations against them.
Like most of the public, I was shocked at the allegations recently made against two local N.C. State Troopers regarding the DWI arrest of Gina Tessener. I was sent a copy of the letter to the Governor written by Tessener's lawyer-husband. In the letter, the husband made numerous allegations of abuse and illegal conduct against our troopers.
I read the letter with interest and concern. As an attorney who practices in our local courts, I have known these troopers for the entire time they have enforced the law in southeastern North Carolina. I have never received any complaints about them. My personal experience was that they were professional, honest and forthright.
When I learned that there was a video tape from the detention center, I watched it with interest. I was shocked and angered when it was apparent that the video did not represent several of the allegations made in the letter.
I have personally spoken with the Governor, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety and the Commander of the Highway Patrol expressing my frustration over what I perceive to be false allegations. Further, because both of these troopers were immediately placed on administrative leave, our county will be short of law enforcement officers to protect the public from drunk drivers during 4th of July weekend.
It is time that someone spoke up and defended our troopers. I am doing so now.