MICRO – The NC State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate an incident involving a Micro police officer. The investigation centers around allegations a part-time police officer used excessive force against an 88 year-old man.
On May 16, 2021, Micro Police cited the elderly man, Ray Hail of E. Fayetteville Street, Micro, with resisting a public officer.
Reached last week, Micro Police Chief T. Macon Jones confirmed an internal investigation was underway in the matter. He would not release any additional details.
Johnston County Report confirmed today (Wednesday), District Attorney Susan Doyle has now requested the NC SBI investigate the incident at the request of her office and Chief Jones.
Attempts to reach Mr. Hail have been unsuccessful. However, social media posts made by a relative of the 88 year-old man allege Hail was sitting in a parked car in front of his home May 16th when the officer pulled him from the vehicle and placed him on the ground. During the incident, Hail sustained minor injuries. The post said Mr. Hail is a Korean War Veteran who has spent the last 18 months defeating cancer, having a pacemaker replaced, a major knee surgery and other age-related health issues.
Another social media post, reportedly from an eyewitness, claims the police officer spent 10 minutes asking Mr. Hail “nicely” to exit his vehicle but he refused. He also refused an ambulance that was requested. “In my opinion when you don’t listen to what the police are telling you, you get what you get” the alleged witness stated.
A citation issued by Micro police officer M. Creech alleges the 88 year-old man “…did willfully resist or delay or obstruct a public officer in discharging or attempting to discharge a duty of his office.”
The misdemeanor charge against Mr. Hail for resisting a public officer is scheduled for trial on June 8, 2021 in Johnston County District Court.