Bodycam footage launched in case a homeless vet was arrested, service animal stolen in Gastonia

GASTONIA, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – A petition filed by Gastonia Police and the Gaston County District Legal professional’s Workplace to publish body-cam video of Agent Maurice Taylor and Agent Cierra Brooks assembly with disabled veteran Joshua Rohrer on October 9 and October 13, 2021, was accredited.

Gastonia has formally made the recordings of October ninth and October thirteenth formally accessible to the general public.

Gastonia officers arrested Rohrer on October 13, 2021 and charged him with two counts of resisting a public official, soliciting alms and soliciting the freeway.

In response to Gastonia police, a Gaston County grand jury twice reviewed the costs towards Rohrer arising from his October 13 arrest and located a possible trigger for these fees.

Part 6-228 of the Gastonia Metropolis Code prohibits soliciting or accepting contributions whereas on a avenue or median by the occupants of a stationary car.

Gastonia Police Division

The Common Statute of NC §14-223 makes it an intentional and unlawful offense to withstand, delay or hinder a public official in fulfilling or trying to satisfy an official obligation, GPD stated.

On October 9, Officer Taylor ran into Rohrer within the median of Gaston Mall Drive on Cox Highway. Within the video from the not too long ago worn digicam, Officer Taylor warns Rohrer that he could not stand within the median, however he may stand on the sidewalk.

Throughout a second interplay a number of minutes after Rohrer moved to the curb, the video reveals Officer Taylor speaking to Rohrer about Rohrer’s army service and checking if Rohrer was conscious of and receiving accessible providers for veterans.

On October 13, Officer Brooks bumped into Rohrer, standing within the center along with his service animal, Sunshine. Brooks is seen asking for identification to write down Rohrer a summons to beg. Within the video, Rohrer is seen denying that he’s a beggar and refuses to supply identification till Agent Taylor arrives on the scene.

Within the launched video, the dialog between Agent Taylor, Agent Brooks, and Rohrer escalates when Rohrer lastly palms over his veteran ID card and never a state card.

Agent Taylor proceeds to arrest Rohrer, with the assistance of Agent Brooks, as Rohrer is visibly upset, shouting, “Somebody assist me!”

An officer is heard saying, “Name your canine,” whereas Rohrer’s service canine Sunshine was concerned. The officers hit Sunshine as Rohrer was seen screaming, “Do not shoot my canine!” and “Why are you doing this?”

Rohrer was arrested following assembly with brokers.


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Court docket paperwork present that officers didn’t observe down the service animal after Rohrer’s arrest and the animal was discovered shot and killed by a car whereas it was free on the road two days later.

Gastonia police stated a settlement was made with the district lawyer’s workplace and Rohrer pleaded responsible to an unrelated cost of “driving with a revoked license” on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Rohrer was sentenced to a 24-month probationary time period on the situation that Rohrer attend the Catawba County Veterans Remedy Court docket.

In change for his responsible plea and participation within the Veterans Remedy Tribunal, the district lawyer’s workplace dismissed the costs stemming from Rohrer’s arrest on October 13, 2021.

Town is happy that Mr. Rohrer’s decision of fees contains his participation within the Catawba County Veterans Remedy Court docket, the place he can obtain providers tailor-made to his wants.

Metropolis of Gastonia

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