GREENVILLE — Criminal charges filed against an administrator with the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools following a controversial traffic stop in 2018 have been dismissed.
Court records show Leondus Farrow Jr. is no longer facing charges of being intoxicated and disruptive and of possessing an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle. Both charges were dismissed Nov. 21.
According to an arrest warrant, Farrow, 47, of Winterville, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the Greenville Police Department on suspicion of speeding May 13, 2018.
During the stop, Farrow shouted obscenities at an officer, according to the warrant. He told officer Travis Brinkley to “get the (expletive) out of here.” He also had an open container of alcohol in his possession, the warrant said.
The driver, Dache Ramese Selby, 33, of Winterville, was cited for driving more than 15 mph over the speed limit.
During the incident, Farrow allegedly contacted former councilwoman and state Rep. Kandie Smith, who then contacted the Greenville Police Department’s internal investigation and filed a complaint on his behalf, according to officials with the N.C. Police Benevolent Association.
On Aug. 20, 2018, Brinkley and Flannery, by then former detectives with the Greenville department, along with Det. Joshua Smith and the NCPBA sued Smith for actions they said she took against them following Farrow’s arrest. The lawsuit claimed in part that Smith was motivated by “personal animus” against the police department when she filed a complaint against them on Farrow’s behalf.
The suit further claimed Smith exerted political pressure that resulted in Brinkley’s and Flannery’s dismissal and disciplinary action being taken against Joshua Smith, all members of the police department’s anti-gang unit.
The NCPBA also claimed in its suit that the internal investigation led by Sgt. G.J. Howard was “biased, inept, unfair, and incompetent” and was conducted for the sole purpose of disciplining the officers to appease Smith.
As of Monday afternoon, the case against Smith was still pending in Pitt County Superior Court.
Farrow and his attorneys filed civil petitions May 30, 2018 to obtain police camera footage from the incident.
“The video recordings requested are essential to the fair, impartial and proper administration of justice in the petitioner’s case,” the filing said in part. “The failure to release (the footage) constitutes a substantial violation of the petitioner’s rights to due process of law ... and his rights of confrontation and cross-examination.”
Robinson also requested footage from cameras at the Pitt County Detention Center, where Farrow was booked.
Reached by phone Monday morning, Farrow said he did not wish to comment on dismissal of the charges and that any communication would come from Robinson’s office. Robinson has not responded to interview requests.
Phone calls to prosecutor Kimberly Overton were not returned. Smith declined to comment.
Farrow is a former principal at Rocky Mount High School and currently assistant superintendent of student placement and intervention for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.