::NC State Assistant Coach Arrested
From Staff And Wire Reports
Friday, April 6, 2007
RALEIGH - According to the Raleigh Police Department, Saint Lawrence
"Larry" Harris, an NC State University Assistant Coach for the men's basketball team, was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with resisting and obstructing a public officer. In addition, Harris was issued a citation for the speeding violation
According to police, shortly after 10pm on Wednesday night, a Raleigh Police Department officer stopped Harris after clocking him doing 41 mph in a 25 mph zone in the 800 block of West Morgan Street.
The Raleigh Police Department claims that Harris did not cooperate with police after being pulled over.
"Harris declined to comply with several
requests and instructions from the officer, and the officer eventually arrested Harris on a charge of resisting/obstructing a public officer," said Jim Sughrue, a Raleigh Police Department spokesman.
In media reports today however, Harris and his attorney have painted a different picture of what happened.
According to a report on WRAL-TV today, it was reported that Harris was sprayed with pepper spray during the stop.
Harris filed a complaint today with the police department accusing Raleigh Officer R. W. King of assault, excessive force, conduct unbecoming an officer and poor judgment in connection with his arrest. Harris' attorney, Lee Turner, Jr., told WRAL-TV that his client's account of what happened "does not come close to what police said occurred."
"He wants to see justice done, and he wants to see this not happen to any other citizen of the city again, like it happened to him," Turner said to the TV station.
Harris has spent the last 11 years as an assistant coach on the NC State staff, including serving as associate head coach in 2005. Last year marked Harris' 22nd season as a Division I assistant coach.
Harris came to the Wolfpack basketball program after serving as an assistant coach at Washington State University during the 1995-96 season. ::