Johnny Anderson Addresses Beaufort County Commissioners Regarding Cory Anderson's Death | Beaufort County Now

Good evening, I am here tonight to let the sheriff and people of Beaufort County know that we are still seeking justice and accountability and answers for Cory Anderson's death. Cory Anderson, Beaufort County Commissioners
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Johnny Anderson Addresses Beaufort County Commissioners Regarding Cory Anderson's Death

    Publisher's note: While I am publisher of Beaufort County NOW, I also serve at the pleasure of my constituents here in Beaufort County as a commissioner. On the night of September 3, 2019, during our September general meeting, I listened as Johnny Anderson spoke during our Public Comment Section, and told of a meeting his sister, Debra Anderson Whitley, had with Sheriff Ernie Coleman and Chief Deputy Charlie Rose, which occurred in the middle of July, that sounded too fantastical to be true, yet, Johnny Anderson and his sisters - Debra and Jeanette - swear it to be accurate.

    To my known knowledge, Johnny Anderson's comments have not been refuted by the Sheriff or Chief Deputy Rose, and as per BCN's policy, we allow and encourage any, all offended parties to respond as is their knowledge of the truth. Furthermore, BCN will allow space, well presented, for any explanation to the contrary to clear up any confusion and right any presented speech that may wrongly cast a misapplication of the absolute truth.

    Here below is the video shot of a monitor within the confines of the Beaufort County Commissioner room, at that aforemention meeting, followed by the transcript of Mr. Anderson's comments of that July meeting between his sister, Debra Anderson Whitley, and Sheriff Ernie Coleman as provided to BCN.

This video was shot on September 3rd, in the Beaufort County Commissioners' public chambers, with a phone camera taken by a private citizen, and, remarkably, is at least as good of a quality as to what the county government is offering broadcast to the public as their county government's public general meeting: Above.

    Good evening,

    I am here tonight to let the sheriff and people of Beaufort County know that we are still seeking justice and accountability and answers for Cory Anderson's death.

    Since I was last here, my sister has gone and had the opportunity to talk with the sheriff finally and chief Rose.

    Cory's dad and I have been asking for over two years now to meet with the sheriff. He will not.

    My sister had gone to ask please tell us why you didn't call.

    He said there's no SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to notify the Emergency contacts every time an inmate is seen at the hospital.

    I understand that. All cases are not emergencies.

    The sheriff said an inmate may be seen for a bump on the head for instance and sent back to the jail.

    Cory's condition was very serious. He was admitted to ICU.

    In fact ChIef Rose told us in May of 2017 that he knew it was bad from the very beginning.

    The sheriff said he was being updated and notified of Cory's condition that the communication was going up and back down the chain of command he said.

    Cory's condition was getting worse.

    In the sheriff's words Cory began to crash. In other words, Cory began to die.

    The Sheriff said at one point in the conversation with my sister that he 'didn't want to call'; was why was 'the reason he didn't call.' When he said that Chief Rose quickly spoke up and said 'you are being facetious.'

    Was he serious or was he being facetious? He said it. Either way, it's not appropriate in any way shape or form from an elected official or a sheriff.

    The sheriff also reminded my sister that he did get re-elected and that '99% of the people thought we were making total fools of ourselves.' So be it.

    And that he was 'tired of the BS.' That's what he referred to as all this stuff surrounding Cory's death is B.S. as he also referred to it as that.

    That is not only inappropriate talk to my sister that way to talk to her, it's also unprofessional and uncaring.

    Again my sister would ask in the conversation 'why didn't you call? As a person, as a human being, not as a sheriff, why didn't you call? You know Cory needed his family.'

    He told her he 'could have called.'

    He went on to say, 'there AIN'T A THOU SHALT CALL policy anywhere'; he 'didn't "HAVE" to call by law.'

    He 'didn't HAVE to call mama, daddy, brother or sister.' He 'didn't HAVE to call nobody.'

    He said he 'would do the same thing all over again.'

    He told her that 'we are mentally and emotional unstable and that we need to see a psychiatrist.'

    I've been here enough that you know, we know and the sheriff knows that is really not the truth.

    It's just a diversion from the truth.

    The sheriff went on to say before she left that he was 'done with us that we are dead in the water, don't come back here to my office no more.'

    He said he was 'glad to get this off his chest and have the opportunity to finally talk' to my sister, that we 'had put him through enough.'

    These are his words and they are wrong on so many levels.

    So what are we gonna do?

    We're gonna continue to pray we are gonna continue to work for justice and accountability and answers because this should have never happened to Cory. It should never happen to any other inmate or their family.

    There must be change before this happens again.

    The things I have spoken to you tonight are the truth and nothing but the truth. As I said these words are the sheriffs words and we felt like that you and the public and the sheriff ought to hear this tonight.

    Thank you Commissioners, and thank God for the opportunity to speak again on Cory's behalf, because as we all know, he is no longer able to speak for himself.


( February 18th, 2020 @ 8:39 am )
February 17,2020

As much as we wanted to call, we could not! It is against the law. It is policy.

This is not an exact quote as we donít recall word for word but this is what we were told
by the sheriffís jail Lt. Kathryn Bryan with Chief Deputy Rose present also. This was in May 2017.

We asked Chief Deputy Rose if he would get us a copy of that law. He said he would. He never did.

He would even tell the county attorney at a later time he had given us a copy of the law or policy.
But that was not true either.

But looking back how could he have given us a copy of a law that didnít exist?

We had gone to them for help. We even told them that day we were on a mission to try to make sure this didnít happen to another inmate and their family. We did not know the laws or who was responsible for calling but we wanted to try to see this didnít happen again and to find out who was responsible for calling.

After that meeting and being told they could not call Coryís emergency contacts we would contact and visit officials with Vidant hospital.

We knew we had to find out what had gone so terribly wrong. No other family or their loved one should go through this.

From there and moving forward looking for answers and making endless contacts with many other agencies we would find out in time that there was no such law to support what we were told by Bryan and Rose.

We found out what they had been telling us from the very beginning was not the truth.

So we ask ourselves why would or could they so easily be untruthful to us and why?

Again while looking us straight in our faces, and we were so very emotional that day, tell us as much as they wanted to call us they could not. It was the law.

No they were not telling us the truth!

The sheriff made a decision on those two days. He made a conscious decision. He could not have been following any law. There is no law prohibiting him from calling an inmates emergency contacts.

So we continued on.

Then in 2019 as we continued to search for answers the sheriff told us that he did not want to call and he did not have to call!

Because he didnít want to call and he didnít have to call? Yes he said that.
But why or wouldnít he want to call?

You know a young man in your custody has been admitted to ICU with pneumonia and sepsis and you have their emergency contact number and you tell the family you didnít want to call, you didnít have to call.

That is not a reasonable nor is it an acceptable answer.

A decision not supported by the law. Not supported by ethics. Not supported by humanity? Not supported by doing the right thing. Not supported by anything.

Why would he not call the emergency contacts given by Cory for just such emergencies?

Inmates are asked for emergency contacts, not just here in Beaufort County but all over the country, there are medical and ethical reasons for this, and the inmates are told these are the ones that we will contact for you in case of serious illness or injuries.

Why do or would they tell inmates this if they canít call? There is no logic there.

if we are to believe what the sheriff has told us that (he didnít want to call Coryís emergency contacts that he didnít have to call)

Shouldnít they be telling the inmates in Beaufort County when they ask them for their emergency contacts that this means we will call your emergency contacts if the sheriff decides he wants to.
That he doesnít have to call but if he decides he wants to call he will but if he doesnít want to call he will not.

Does that sound right to anyone? Again is that logical?

These are some of reasons we knew something was missing from Coryís story. There was no logic behind what we were being told.

There are so many things that just doesnít add up. It makes no sense at all. Why would we be told something not true from the very beginning with their stories continuing to change.

Something is so very wrong here.

We are thankful for those that will listen as sometimes it just has to be put in words, these things we know to be the truth.
We have and are living this.
If we were not I too may find it hard to believe. But I tell you this is the truth.
We have been living this since May 8,2017.

The sheriff said he would do the same thing all over again.

We seek truth, accountability and justice for Cory and for others so this will not happen to another family and their loved one.

As from the beginning we are thankful for your prayers and support.💙
( January 31st, 2020 @ 10:59 am )
This is happening too many times across this country. We are thankful to see responsibility and accountability being acknowledged and changes being made.
However here in Beaufort County,N.C. that is not the case. Cory Anderson died while in custody of the Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman in May of 2017. We have been searching for answers and asking for change and justice for almost three years now. We need the truth as to why Coryís emergency contacts were not called. The sheriff did not notify Coryís emergency contacts. As of July 2019 the sheriff in a conversation with a family member said he would do the same thing all over again. This is wrong! He has acknowledged no responsibility. There must be change. The Sheriff saying that there is not a thou shalt call policy or I didnít want to call should not be acceptable to anyone. This is an absolute wrong. We must have change here in Beaufort County. These are our loved ones, your loved ones or a friend or neighbors loved one. We will keep standing up for whatís right. It gets no easier. We pray for truth, justice and change here in Beaufort County, N.C. We will keep standing for Cory and others and their families.
( September 20th, 2019 @ 2:43 pm )
I was struck by the statement the sheriff of Beaufort County made regarding criminal illegals being released back on the streets in N.C. The sheriff said on Fox News on August 26th that his detention center is complying with HB 370 but he went on to say - Weíre not admonishing these few sheriffs who donít, believe it or not it is their right, there is no law saying they canít they feel I guess in their heart theyíre doing the right thing and weíll move on.
This was about the same as he told me about not notifying Coryís emergency contacts. It was his choice to make and he choose not to call and let Coryís family know he was seriously ill and in ICU. Why would he make such an inhumane decision? We will continue forward to find out why he made that decision. It does not stop there.
Now back to the statement the sheriff made about ICE and working with them.
You can view the video.
I do not agree with the statement by the sheriff. It should not be about the rights of a sheriff it should be about the safety, welfare and the protection of the people they all took an oath to serve and protect.
It is because of mindsets like this that we need to have our leaders in Raleigh override the veto of HB370
I have made an inquiry. We all need to contact House Speaker Tim Moore and ask him to put HB 370 on the calendar to try and override the governorís veto. The Speaker is the only one that can put it on the calendar. As of now it is not on the calendar. I do not understand why not. We must reach out. This is about the welfare, safety and protection of our families.
( September 12th, 2019 @ 11:16 am )
As I was writing my previous comment this morning I would find I was being contacted from someone I do not know but he had become aware of our story. He was telling me about his experience in the Beaufort County detention center. I will say he is reaching out in hopes of change. There are many things that are substandard to say the least. In our exchanges he would tell me that when he was being processed in the detention center he was asked to provide emergency contacts. He would say he was told one thing an emergency contact is used for was notification if admitted to the hospital.

Now we know with no doubt they are very aware at the Beaufort County detention center about notification but yet the jail Lt. Kathryn Bryan accompanied by Chief Rose would say it was against the law to call emergency contacts. What is the whole story of Cory and the reason they lied to us from day one? Cory was told his emergency contacts would be called. His emergency contacts would be told the sheriff could not call. It was against the law.

Cory would never know his parents were never called. This is unethical, undignified and inhumane treatment. Cory was not treated as my, your fellow human being. He was treated as no more than a piece of crumbled paper. The more I learn the more painful this gets. I am so thankful for this opportunity to tell the truth about what is taking place here in Beaufort County and for others that are speaking up. The sheriff has been given the opportunity to speak out here on BCN. He has not! What can he say?
( September 12th, 2019 @ 9:08 am )
Thank you We will continue forward to find out why Coryís family, his emergency contacts were not notified. The Sheriff has said he did not want to call and there is no Thou shalt call. That in itself is so wrong and beneath standards but it does go deeper than that. As we are discovering Everyday we are getting closer to finding out the truth as to why the sheriff of Beaufort County did not want Cory's parents to see Cory.

There was an underlying reason, I have listed the notification standard. It is part of the Core jail standards that are taught. 1Core 4D-06, American Correctional Association. This is just one of many places this information can be found. Again I go back To when we were not told the truth from the very beginning. We were told in that first conversation - as much as we wanted to call it is against the law.

I remember thinking at that very moment you take information from all inmates one being their emergency contacts and then you say itís against the law to call them. That defines common sense. Why were we deceived from the very beginning? Their story has kept changing now over a period of two plus years. We will not we can not stop. Cory died so much sorrow so many questions and we get untruths. Why? How can we stop.? We can not. We are thankful for those reaching out to help us.

The truth will not remain hidden.
( September 10th, 2019 @ 6:39 pm )
Thank-you Debra for your perseverance for this just cause.

I can't imagine doing any different.
( September 10th, 2019 @ 8:52 am )
To know of wrong doing and to support it well that is something each individual will have to resolve in their own conscious. For us to know of wrong doing and not speak up was never an option in our minds, hearts and conscious. For anyone to think this is easy. It is not. It is terribly difficult. I personal feel I am living two different lives. For any one that knows me would know this is very difficult for me. I have never in my 65 years of life seen or personally witnessed this type of misbehavior of this nature. This has been and continues to be a real struggle. We have been intimated, threatened to be locked up by the sheriff himself when no crime has been committed and we still feel and are being intimidated and even at times feeling unsafe. It is not only our duty and responsibility because of the love and loss of our loved one but it is also our duty and responsibly to try to prevent this from happening to anyone else. We never had any idea it would lead to this. There is so so much we have been told from the very beginning. It was after our initial conversation with the chief and jail Lt. that we would find out they had not been truthful with us. In that first meeting we told the chief and The jail Lt. That we We there to find out what the laws where. Who was to call Cory's emergency contacts? We did not know. We did not know the laws. We depended on them to inform us and direct us that we wanted to make sure to work for change and accountability so this did not happen to another inmate and family. The chief even said it is more than the law, the law is the minimal he said, it was doing the right thing he said. I can hear him now.

I had realized from the moment I entered that hospital room that day that something had gone terribly wrong. Why had Cory's family not been notified of his serious condition to be with him. It was one of those images you see that you can never un-see. It still brings immediate tears to my eyes.

We would ask in that first meeting with the chief and jail Lt. why was Cory's emergency contacts not called? What was the emergency contacts they had from Cory used for and how could Cory's daddy get Cory's records medical detention records.

Those are questions we asked that day. From those questions what we have experienced over the past two plus years now I sometimes can find no words. I only know no one with this kind of behavior should hold the office of sheriff. He has failed the oaths he took. His behavior is beneath that of the badge he wears, beneath the office of a sheriff. Do I find any pleasure in saying that? I most certainly do not. However it is the truth. We are living it. We know. We had and continue to have no choice but to speak up for truth, justice and accountability. We can not be silent to wrong doing.
( September 8th, 2019 @ 1:02 pm )
And to keep Cory handcuffed to his deathbed for the crime of DWI showed poor judgement.
( September 8th, 2019 @ 10:17 am )
There is absolutely no reason, for the sheriff, to NOT call Cory's family, as soon as it was determined, this was no, "bump on the head". There has to be a deeper, darker, reason to not call Cory's family. Was there something to hide, or gain, by allowing Cory to die? Something smells fishy about this. In my opinion, there needs to be an investigation, but NOT BY OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. This has been allowed to go on too long and too far. There needs to be a, (and I don't like this word) non partisian, investigation.

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