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AYDEN, N.C. -

On Thursday 41-year-old Larlie Dixon stood by she and her family's actions. The night before they injured two Ayden police officers.

"They got what they deserve," Dixon said. "Me and my nephew were sitting out here having a conversation, maybe the conversation got too loud, but if it did get too loud, I understand. Police should of should said, "could you all calm down?" but they didn't."

Dixon says three officers approached her nephew 25-year old Maurice Greene while on patrol and ordered his arrest. "They were like, you under arrest. He said what for? I ain't do nothing and they started to tussle him for no reason." Dixon said.

Police say they arrested Greene after refusing to calm down. "After several warnings, they told him he was under arrest. He resisted. They sprayed him with capstone or pepper spray, he spun around and hit one of the officers in the face," Chief Barry Stanley said. 

During the struggle someone else was hurt. After Greene was sprayed, he struggled to get away and dislocated an officer's arm.

"I ain't going to say it was good what they got, but they got what they deserve because they had no right, no warrant to come up here and do nothing," Dixon said. 

"It has been a hot spot for a while. We've had several shootings down there. We've had several calls for shots fired. Frankly, the police department is tired of it, this town's governing board is tired of it and they have placed resources at my disposal to address these things and that's what we're going to do," Chief Barry Stanley said. 

Dixon agrees that she lives in a bad part of town, but says police still have an obligation to respect people's rights.

"Chief Stanley lets them do what they want to do because no body stands up.  But it's time to make a scene and I'm going to make one because I'm tired of them coming into my yard and harassing my people," Dixon said.

Police arrested five other suspects after 30 to 40 people showed up at the police department demanding answers. Dixon says the group called and filed a complaint with the n-double-a-c-p and is now reviewing their options.

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two ayden police officers are recovering after responding to a fight between a woman and her nephew Wednesday night.

Chief Barry Stanley tells 9 on your side, officers were foot-patrolling a neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. When they heard an argument a couple of blocks away.

They responded to 4555 lee St. And found 41-yr.-old Larlie Dixon arguing with her 25-yr-old nephew Maurice Greene outside her house.

Stanley says officers tried to get the situation under control, when Greene became irate.   When an officer pepper sprayed him, Greene hit the officer with a closed fist, cutting him above his right eye.

When another officer went to grab Greene, Greene dislocated his shoulder and ran back inside the house.

Chief Stanley was called to the scene and when he got there, Greene came out of the house.   Stanley says a huge crowd had gathered around the house as he was arresting Greene and his brother Daniel.

Deputies from the Lenoir and Pitt county sheriff's offices were called out as well as highway patrol troopers.    Officers arrested four more people for attempting to incite a riot.

Stanley says the two officers who were injured have been treated and released from the hospital.   One had to get stitches above his eye while the other had to get his should x-rayed.  

Police charged Maurice Greene with two counts of assault on a government official.   Daniel Greene and Larlie Dixon each face a count of felony inciting a riot and resisting a public officer.  Stanley says all three bonded out of jail by Thursday morning.

Jermaine Roberson of Winterville, ray Maxwell of Ayden, and kaysawn Dixon of ayden felony inciting a riot and resisting a public officer.   Delquan farrow of Greenville is charged with resisting a public officer and assault on a government employee.   Chief Stanley says farrow later assaulted a trooper in front of the police department.

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