Durham Police Department http://wunc.org en Latest Complaint On Durham PD Says Investigators Make Inappropriate Payments To Drug Informants http://wunc.org/post/latest-complaint-durham-pd-says-investigators-make-inappropriate-payments-drug-informants <p>Durham city officials are looking into a complaint that police made inappropriate payments to drug informants.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 32052 at http://wunc.org Latest Complaint On Durham PD Says Investigators Make Inappropriate Payments To Drug Informants Questions About Informant Payments By Durham Police http://wunc.org/post/questions-about-informant-payments-durham-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Two local advocacy groups released documents showing the <a href="http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-paid-criminal-informants-conviction-bonuses-attorneys-say">Durham Police Department made payments to informants in criminal matters</a>. </span></font></span></font></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:32:57 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 32015 at http://wunc.org Questions About Informant Payments By Durham Police Durham Police Paid Criminal Informants 'Conviction Bonuses,' Attorneys Say http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-paid-criminal-informants-conviction-bonuses-attorneys-say <p>An advocacy group says the Durham Police Department has been paying bonuses to crime informants for help in the conviction of suspects.<br /><br />Attorneys from the <a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/">Southern Coalition for Social Justice</a> have obtained police records that they say show nine people were convicted in drug cases where an informant was paid for his testimony.<br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31983 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Paid Criminal Informants 'Conviction Bonuses,' Attorneys Say Durham DA: Officer Who Shot Stabbing Suspect Not Criminally Liable http://wunc.org/post/durham-da-officer-who-shot-stabbing-suspect-not-criminally-liable <p>The Durham district attorney says he will not criminally charge a police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding stabbing suspect last year.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 30176 at http://wunc.org Durham DA: Officer Who Shot Stabbing Suspect Not Criminally Liable Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field http://wunc.org/post/mentally-ill-or-criminal-making-tough-calls-field <p></p><p></p><p>In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham&nbsp; youth Jesus Huerta left home. His family called 911, reported him as a troubled runaway and noted his drug problem. A Durham police officer located Huerta, frisked him, cuffed him, and put him in the back of a cruiser. Moments later, the 17 year-old was dead from a gunshot to the head. His family questions the circumstances surrounding his death.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:17:38 +0000 Carol Jackson, Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 29007 at http://wunc.org Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? http://wunc.org/post/did-durham-police-follow-protocol-when-arresting-17-year-old-jesus-huerta <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound while in police custody last November. Did officers know he was at risk of killing himself? The teen's family says yes.<br /><br />Durham authorities have said the officer on the scene, Samuel Duncan, had not been told the 17-year-old threatened to kill himself and used drugs before the officer picked him up the morning of Nov. 19.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:08:49 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 28990 at http://wunc.org Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? Durham Police: Officer Frisked But Did Not Find Gun Jesus Huerta Used To Shoot Himself http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-officer-frisked-did-not-find-gun-jesus-huerta-used-shoot-himself <p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:43:47 +0000 Jorge Valencia 28746 at http://wunc.org Durham Police: Officer Frisked But Did Not Find Gun Jesus Huerta Used To Shoot Himself Durham Mayor Pushes Report In Jesus Huerta Death http://wunc.org/post/durham-mayor-pushes-report-jesus-huerta-death <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The mayor of Durham is putting the pressure on law enforcement officials to release the findings of an internal investigation into the death of a teenager while in police custody.</p><p>It’s been six weeks since 17-year-old Jesus Huerta died in the backseat of a police car, while handcuffed. Police say he shot himself in the head.</p><p>“It’s been out there too long and that is unacceptable for me," said Bell from his office Monday.</p><p>Durham Mayor Bill Bell says it’s time to know the details leading to the mysterious shooting of Huerta.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:15:18 +0000 Leoneda Inge 28214 at http://wunc.org Durham Mayor Pushes Report In Jesus Huerta Death Appeals Court To Review Durham Police Taser Case http://wunc.org/post/appeals-court-review-durham-police-taser-case <p>The state Court of Appeals will reexamine a lawsuit filed by a man who was severely injured after a Taser was used on him by a Durham Police Officer.</p><p>Bryan DeBaun suffered facial injuries and broken bones from the 2009 incident, claiming that officer Daniel J. Kuszaj's "use of excessive force" and "malicious prosecution" violated his rights under the North Carolina constitution. He is suing both the police officer and city of Durham.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:05:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 28084 at http://wunc.org Appeals Court To Review Durham Police Taser Case Evelin Huerta: 'My Brother's Death Is Still A Mystery' http://wunc.org/post/evelin-huerta-my-brothers-death-still-mystery <p><strong>Updated Saturday, 10/21/13 11:00 a.m.:</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:35:00 +0000 WUNC News 27738 at http://wunc.org Evelin Huerta: 'My Brother's Death Is Still A Mystery'