Tag Archive: Durham

Durham police officers accused of “not properly disposing weapons”

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From News and Observer

— An undisclosed number of Durham police officers have been disciplined after an internal affairs investigation found they had “retained” parts of firearms that were supposed to have been destroyed.

City Manager Tom Bonfield said the investigation was “completed a few weeks ago” but withheld further comment until he could talk with attorneys about what state personnel privacy laws let him make public.

Police Chief Jose L. Lopez also declined to comment.

“I can’t speak to that,” Lopez said.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael provided a formal statement Wednesday afternoon: (more…)

Dance Party & Prison Books Mother’s Day Fundraiser at The Pinhook

flyer!PIE AUCTION!!! DANCE PARTY!!!! BENEFIT!!!!

@ The Pinhook

Thursday, May 8th

117 West Main Street in Durham

Durham Prison Books Pie Auction (8pm) and Dance Party (9pm) Benefit featuring DJ PlayPlay and DJ DreamBoat
$5-20 donation with no one turned away for lack of funds

This will be an all ages event!

Bring a pie to offer up for the auction or cash to spend on a delectable homemade pie. Some pies will even include a chance to hang out with the pie-maker…

We’ll be writing letters to folks in women’s prisons, and folks are encouraged to bring soft cover used books they don’t need to donate to the project, particularly African American fiction and blank journals.

Go here to register your attendance with the government and your employer.

Shred for Chuy Sk8 Comp Rescheduled, Set for This Saturday

chuyHey yall,

A quick announcement that the Shred for Chuy Skate Competition, originally set for last Saturday before the forces of evil (rain) forced a rescheduling, has been reset for this coming Saturday. The details are now:

Saturday, April 26th
11am to 5pm
Durham Skate Park
524 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Come hang out April 19th for a skate competition at Durham’s Skate Park.

We are doing this in honor of Chuy Huerta and we will be collecting donations in order to build a memorial in his name.
There will be prizes and no entry fee for the brave ones that want to compete!

Come and have a good ol’ time with Games! Food! Shirts! Music!
We’ve always heard from Chuy’s friends and family that he was full of life and happiness, let’s celebrate his life and join forces in making sure this city never forgets who he was.

 

 

Shocking police overreach haunts Durham: Racial profiling, quotas and secret “conviction bonuses”

handcuffed-620x412How a federal grant incentivized a police department to go nuts on drug arrests — and terrorize its community

From Salon

In the late afternoon of Jan. 3, Robin Dean, a 50-year-old county employee, pulled into a Durham, N.C., Burger King parking lot to give a friend a package of frozen chitlins that she had cooked over the holidays. After the transfer was complete, the pair said goodbye and parted ways. Both were subsequently pulled over by Durham Police.

Dean says an officer told her that there was evidence that she had just engaged in an illegal drug transaction, searched her car without her consent, and called for backup. When Dean worried aloud that she had been racially profiled, she says the white officer called her an “idiot,” although the nearly hour-long stop revealed nothing illegal apart from a window-tinting violation that was later dismissed.

In recent years, stories like this have come to epitomize heightened concerns that, as Durham becomes a regional center for sophisticated culture and cuisine, the drug enforcement strategies of its police increasingly assign second-class status to the city’s minority communities. Over the past several months, protesters alleging police misconduct have pummeled the city’s police headquarters with rocks and met tear gas along the usually amiable streets of this city of 240,000.

In seeking to understand the roots of the city’s divisive policing, lawyers at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice were astonished by what a recent round of public records requests produced. Not only was a federal grant subsidizing what they regarded as the most perniciously targeted drug enforcement operations of the department, but the grant — with a key “performance measure” emphasizing police report their sheer volume of arrests — also appeared to be incentivizing the department to raise its overall number of drug arrests, which overwhelmingly affect the city’s black community. SCSJ attorneys add that recently revealed evidence also indicates that the federally funded program included an illegal system of secret payments law enforcement made to witnesses who delivered successful drug prosecutions — another sign, they say, that the city’s policing has flown off the rails. (more…)