WPD reviewing video involving involuntary commitment
We’ve recently been made aware of a video circulating online involving our officers and the involuntary commitment of a Wilmington man. This statement aims to provide full transparency and context to a video that does not show the whole story.
The Wilmington Police Department is reviewing video involving the involuntary commitment of 35 year old Hiram Farmer.
Officers responded to the 800 block of Greenfield Street around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in reference to a trespassing call. While on scene, Farmer’s mother approached officers and said she had taken involuntary commitment papers out on Farmer, who had a history of being aggressive. Officers then verified the commitment papers and proceeded to take him to the hospital. Farmer attempted to flee on foot, and a short foot chase ensued. Farmer began assaulting the officers trying to restrain him. During the incident, a WPD officer deployed his Taser, connecting with Farmer. Farmer then continued resisting the arrest, by kicking, punching and threatening the officers.
WPD officers and Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were also dispatched to the scene to assist with crowd control.
Farmer was transported to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center for his involuntary commitment.
As part of our standard protocol body camera video of this incident will be reviewed by the Professional Standards Unit to determine if our officer’s actions were within policy.