Salisbury leader discuss police officer beating

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - One of the men at the center of an alleged case of police brutality is now facing criminal charges.

On Wednesday, Salisbury police charged 29-year-old Michael Jeffrey Fox for threatening to kill a police officer.

Fox is the brother of John Fox, the man seen on the receiving end of a punch thrown by police officer Kareem Puranda during a brawl at the La Bamba night club in Salisbury.

Michael Fox was also involved in the fight, according to police.  A video of that incident led to an SBI investigation of Puranda's actions.  Now police say on Wednesday after a court date, Michael Fox told a different Salisbury police officer that he would either kill him or hire someone to kill him.  Fox was charged with communicating threats.

Several local and community leaders in Salisbury met on Wednesday to discuss the fall-out that has plagued the city since video was released of a police officer beating a patron at the La Bamba nightclub.

The Salisbury mayor, police chief, city manager, and church and civic leaders in the black community met to talk about the investigation into the actions of Salisbury Police officer Kareem Puranda.

John C. Barnette, the head of the Gastonia-based True Healing Under God (THUG) organization, also attended the meeting.

Organizers wanted to meet to address concerns about police brutality.

Both the mayor and police chief said they were pleased with the outcome of the meeting and that those in the community with concerns about the incident appeared satisfied the city was handling the investigation in an appropriate manner.

Officer Puranda remains on paid suspension until the SBI completes its investigation into the incident at the club.

The "Rally for Justice" is still scheduled to be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church on South Caldwell Street on Thursday, 7 p.m.