Tag Archive: Durham Police

Durham cops lied about 911 calls

public enemyFrom The Indy

Several Durham police officers lied about non-existent 911 calls to try to convince residents to allow them to search their homes, a tactic several lawyers say is illegal. The officers targeted residences where individuals with outstanding warrants were thought to be living, and told them that dispatch had received a 911 call from that address, when no such call had been made.

However, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says the 911 tactic was never a part of official policy. Last month, the department officially banned the practice, according to a memo from Lopez.

The tactic came to light at a court hearing on May 27, when a Durham Police officer testified it was part of official departmental policy. The hearing involved a defendant who had been charged with marijuana possession. (The INDY is not naming the defendant because the charges against her were dropped.)

In February, Officer A.B. Beck knocked on the door of the defendant’s home in South-Central Durham. When the defendant answered the door, Beck told her—falsely—that someone in her home had called 911 and hung up, and that he wanted to make sure everyone was safe. The defendant permitted Beck to enter her home, where he discovered two marijuana blunts and a marijuana grinder. (more…)

Durham Police Internal Review Is a Pathetic Joke

Durham police officer’s puppy, uniform stolen from home

cop dogFrom WRAL

— Someone broke into a Durham police officer’s home Tuesday and stole the officer’s puppy, police uniform, Taser, work gear, jewelry and electronic items, police said Wednesday.

Police did not name the officer or say exactly where the robbery happened. The officer’s firearm, badge and radio were not taken.

Anyone with information about the stolen items is asked to call Investigator J. Walsh at MUR-DER-ERSS, extension ACAB, or Crime Stoppers at IMA-SNI-TCHH.  (more…)

DURHAM: An update on tazing incident of January 13th

DurhamcopsBy Alex Dober

Anthony Peaks, 24, was tazed 3-4 times on January 13th, 2014, by Durham Police for throwing a bottle at a police vehicle.

Anthony Peaks was involved in another police brutality incident in May 2009, when State Trooper R.K. Clay pulled him over for a minor traffic violation. Trooper Clay then shot Peaks multiple times, resulting in him being taken to Duke Hospital, where his life was saved.

This incident appears to have been the motivation for Peaks to have retaliated against the police on January 13th, although that is far from certain. (more…)

Benefit Concert for the Family of Chuy Huerta w/ Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and Posifaction

chuypresenteFriday, January 24th

8:30pm @ The Pinhook

117 W Main St in Durham

Come join us for a benefit concert/ dance party with Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and Posifaction. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the family of Jesus “Chuy” Huerta.
This will be an All-Ages show.
Suggested donation $7-$20 at the door.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

More about Chuy:
In the early morning hours of November 19, 2013, Jesús “Chuy” Huerta was picked up by Durham police a few blocks away from home. His family had called police to ask for help locating him, as he had left home and his mother was worried about him. Instead of taking Chuy home when they found him, police arrested him on a months-old second-degree trespassing charge and took him to police headquarters. In the DPD parking lot, in the squad car, somehow a gunshot was fired and Chuy died.

The Durham Police Department’s internal affairs report has raised more questions than answers about what exactly happened that night (morning). Chief Lopez repeatedly refuses to accept any responsibility for what happened on November 19th, choosing instead to deflect blame and attempt to criminalize Chuy in death. As the Huerta family continues to demand answers and justice, members of the Durham community have supported them in many ways, including at public marches and vigils. (more…)

Tazing incident in Durham 01/13/14

DurhamcopsAt 9:15pm on Monday, January 13th, a young man threw a bottle at a Durham Police car on the corner of Main Street and the Campus Drive underpass, off of Duke East Campus. He was chased down and tazed, but tore the electrical leads from his chest and continued running. He was then tazed three more times and tackled. Between 15 and 20 Durham Police cars responded, with assistance from Duke Police. Police on scene were overheard joking and laughing about the incident, comparing techniques for taking down suspects, and demonstrating baton strikes and punches. Paramedics declared the victim unconscious and loaded him into an ambulance. It’s unknown if he had a heart condition or if any complications arose from the tazing he received. Calls to the Durham Police, Sheriffs Office, Durham County Detention Facility and Duke Hospital gave no information on the victims name or state of health. More updates as we get them.