By Charles Kelleher Harris
By now most of Mint Hill has heard about the November 1 incident where police officers were dispatched to the home of Commissioner Lloyd D. Austin in response to a noise complaint. However few have heard Austin’s side of the story.
Last Thursday after a Board of Commissioners closed session, Austin made a public apology for the events specified in the police report.
According to the report Officer Jacob T. Smith was dispatched to Austin’s home at 10306 Edward’s Place, after the department received a noise complaint.
When Smith arrived at Austin’s home, just after midnight there was a party going on and Smith heard music from behind the house that was “extremely loud.”
“We were having a celebration of life and a Halloween party combined,” Austin stated in an interview last Friday. Austin explained that he had recently had a scan done that revealed he was still cancer free after a battle with the disease five years ago. […]