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GPD arrests 5 officers in the last year

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In just under a year, the Greenville Police Department arrested five of their own. These officers are held to a higher standard. So why are so many getting arrested? We went straight to the source to find out.  

9 On Your Side started with Carlos Melgar's apartment. On Tuesday, police arrested him for stalking. The day after, he never came to the door.

Melgar is a 4 year veteran of the Greenville Police Department. His arrest warrant claims he misused police records and database information to identify and meet a woman. The warrant says officer Melgar came to the McDonald’s on Arlington Boulevard for 11 days straight. It is located a couple of blocks from his house. He told the victim that she was beautiful and that someday he'd want to marry her."

In an affidavit the victim says two days after they met, Melgar pulled up to her drive thru and said, "I couldn't find you yesterday." She says that's when Melgar noticed her name tag and said, "Oh I had your name misspelled.

The woman says he then entered her name into his laptop and her driver's license popped up.

"I would say that one arrest is too many,” Chief Hassan Aden said. This is the fifth officer he’s had to arrest since he took his post. However Aden says it's a result of his leadership.

"Officers are going to make mistakes, cruisers are going to get crashed…those kinds of things we can deal with, but anything that tarnishes our badge, we will not deal with lightly," Aden said

In February police arrested Kyle Gaines and Rose Edmonds. Gaines was charged with DWI and Edmonds for destroying evidence. She pled in October.

Two months later, Eric Robinson was accused of assault. A judge dropped the charge in July.  

Deputies arrested Detective Alvaro Elias in October. They say Elias violated a domestic violence protective order. Elias has since returned to work.

"These arrests are indicative of us dealing with our own issues and we deal with them head on,” Aden said.

The Chief pointed out the department was proactive about arresting their own and expects the number of arrest to go down as mindsets change.

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A Greenville police officer is accused of stalking  a woman.

5GP year old Carlos Melgar, a 4 year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, is accused of misusing police records and database information in order to identify and meet a female, who they say, he later stalked.

Melgar was arrested Tuesday afternoon and bonded out Pitt County Detention Center Tuesday night under a $5,000 unsecured bond.  He's charged with one count of misdemeanor stalking. 

Melgar was placed on administrative leave without pay. His police powers have been suspended.

"The arrest of Officer Melgar reminds us all that no one is above the law and that the Greenville Police Department holds itself highly accountable to the laws and policies that govern society. This case was self-discovered and pursued by the Internal Affairs Division of the Greenville Police Department.  Maintaining the public's trust that we are effective in self-policing is a top priority of my administration and sends a clear message that we are an ethical and legitimate police department that will not tolerate officer misconduct," said Chief of Police Hassan Aden about the arrest.

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