The WPD’s response
A spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department responded to a WECT email about the incident, saying the agency was aware of the video and was
“looking into the facts and circumstances of the case” and that “this is the busiest time of year for the police department, but we’re doing
our best to get answers to you all as quickly as possible and we understand that the public is concerned about what’s shown in this video.”
A week later, the WPD issued a news release, detailing its account of the incident.
According to the news release, officers arrived at the Wright Street home and found Bryan Rivera-Cota, 27, and Jimmy Valimont, 37, on the front porch.
An officer approached the front gate and asked who called 911.
“In the four minutes and 50 seconds Wilmington police were on scene prior to the start of the Facebook video, Rivera-Cota and Valimont were
uncooperative, providing several conflicting answers to officers’ questions. Rivera-Cota showed clear signs of impairment,” the news release
Police say Valimont told officers he may have called 911, but refused to provide any further information. The pair continued to say there were
prostitutes at Fourth and Wright instead of providing information about the subject armed with a knife.
Bryan Rivera-Cota (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office)
Police say the male officer, acting with reasonable suspicion, attempted to open the front gate, at which time Rivera-Cota and Valimont became
“The female officer on scene was hit in the head and had her arm pinned in a doorway. Her arm can be seen bleeding in the video. The male officer
had his leg shut in the front gate and was pushed off the porch. The glass of the front door was broken during the struggle,” the news release
While trying to arrest Rivera-Cota, the male officer fired his taser through the front door. Police say Rivera-Cota ran upstairs and jumped from a
second-story window to the ground before running away.
Rivera-Cota was later arrested and taken into custody, where he “remained combative throughout his arrest.” Police say he set off a sprinkler at
the New Hanover County Jail during “a mental episode.”
Rivera-Cota was eventually charged with resist/delay/obstruct public officers, two counts of assault on an officer inflicting serious injury, and
molesting a fire system. He was given a $70,000 bond.
Valimont (mugshot not available) was also arrested and charged with resist/delay/obstruct public officers and was released from jail after posting a
Wilmington police officials say they’ve reached out to both Valimont and Rivera-Cota in the days after the incident but both have declined to speak