NC: Young v. Goodall: Judges failed to recognize false police report

Young v. Woodall: Verdict by NC Judges John & Johnson covered up false police report

Judges John and Johnson covered up false police report;  and should have deferred to federal law instead of state law.

Here’s the revealing paragraph of information:

“Officer Woodall was travelling north on Peters Creek Parkway when he observed a Camaro travelling south with only one headlight. Officer Woodall turned his vehicle around and gave chase. Officer Woodall did not notify the police dispatcher of his intention to pursue the Camaro, as required by departmental regulations, nor did he activate his sirens or flashing lights.”
(Since he didn’t activate this lights, then how would the driver know that she needed to pull over?)
Officer Woodall testified that if he activates his emergency equipment when he is not close to the vehicle, the driver has an opportunity to try to outrun the officer.
If the lady didn’t know she was being pursued because the partrol lights weren’t on, then why would she decide to outrun the officer? The officer’s lights weren’t on.
“Apparently, Officer Woodall’s intention was to turn on the blue lights when he closed in on the Camaro and, if the Camaro did not stop, to activate his siren.”

The Constitution takes precedence over state law and false police reports are illegal. But they ruled:

Judges John and Johnson obstructed justice with their decision below to use NC case law to cover up a false police report. The US Constitution does not offer absolute immunity for a municipality, and Judges John and Johnson ruled against the US Constitution in this case :

“Governmental immunity protects a municipality, Taylor v. Ashburn, 112 N.C. App. 604, 607, 436 S.E.2d 276, 278 (1993)(citations omitted), cert. denied, 336 N.C. 77, 445 S.E.2d 46 (1994), and its officers or employees sued in their official capacity from suit for torts committed while the officers or employees are performing a governmental function. Id. at 607, 436 S.E.2d at 279. It is well established that law enforcement is a governmental function. Hare v. Butler, 99 N.C. App. 693, 698, 394 S.E.2d 231, 235, disc. review denied, 327 N.C. 634, 399 S.E.2d 121 (1990).”




458 S.E.2d 225 (1995)



119 N.C. App. 132


Kimberly (Hicks) YOUNG 




Christopher Allen WOODALL in his individual capacity and as an officer of the Winston-Salem Police Department; and Winston-Salem Police Department and The City of Winston-Salem.


No. 9421SC623.



Court of Appeals of North Carolina.



June 6, 1995.


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