The Rockingham Police Department recently arrested Roland Boyd Buie Jr., 23, of 317 Earle Franklin Drive in Hamlet, for failure to disperse on command, resisting a public officer, assault of a government official/employee, communicating threats and two counts of damage to personal property.
According to police reports, the Rockingham Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Hamlet Police Department were standing by at a local night club on East Broad Avenue for numerous fight calls on June 3, 2012. Police said some arrests were being made in the parking lot when the crowd began to close in on law enforcement officers, grabbing and pulling them off when officers were attempting to make arrests. At one point, an officer said that pepper spray was deployed.
Once officers moved the crowd from the parking lot to a nearby location, more fights began breaking out. According to police reports, one officer approached Buie as he was trying to get to another officer that was breaking up a fight. Police say Buie was advised to back up, but Buie shouted a profanity at officers before he and another officer were pepper sprayed. Buie allegedly became angry and moved toward an officer as the officer told him he was under arrest. Authorities say Buie and the officer began to wrestle. The officer told Buie to calm down and that he would find water to wash out their eyes from the pepper spray. Instead, police say, a group of people arrived and told Buie to go with them as the officer was surrounded. The officer reported that Buie turned to the right, and, as the officer told him to stop, Buie swung and hit the officer on the left side of the head. The officer said he pushed him back, but reports say Buie kept swinging his fists at the officer.
According to the police reports, the officer then picked up Buie and took him to the ground. People from the surrounding crowd allegedly pulled the officer off of Buie as Buie got to his feet. Police said the officer grabbed Buie again and security personnel took Buie to the ground. Buie was reportedly told to calm down and put his hands behind his back, but police say he did not comply and continued to struggle. The report said Buie was then tasered in the leg. After being tasered several times, authorities said Buie complied and was placed in handcuffs before being transported to the magistrate’s office.
Once at the magistrate’s office, reports say Buie told the officer “this is not over,” and that when he saw the officer off-duty he was going to “get him.”
Buie was placed in the Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secure bond.
Other recent reports from the Rockingham Police Department include:
• Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported in a roadway on Rockingham Road.
• Assault and robbery were reported at a residence on Ann Street.
• Assault was reported in a parking lot of a business on East Washington Street.
• Communicating threats and domestic disturbance were reported at a residence on 3rd Avenue Pee Dee.
• Larceny was reported at a residence on Cabel Drive.
Arrest reports published in the Richmond County Daily Journal are copied from local law enforcement records. Reports include both arrests and criminal summons such as citations. The Daily Journal lists them all as arrests. People charged are presumed innocent until determined to be guilty by a court of law.