Durham Police Department http://wunc.org en Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-department-investigates-fabrication-911-calls-enter-residences <p></p><p>The Durham Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer lied about receiving a 911 call from a residence to gain access to the home and serve a warrant.</p><p></p><p>The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.</p><p></p><p>Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.</p><p></p><p>City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:51:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38804 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences City Manager Wants To Improve Public Trust Of The Durham Police Department http://wunc.org/post/city-manager-wants-improve-public-trust-durham-police-department <p></p><p>Spurred by complaints about racial bias in the Durham Police Department, City Manager Tom Bonfield said he'll review recommendations to improve relations with the community.</p><p></p><p>“I recognize the critical importance of a trusting relationship between a community police department and the community. And I also recognize that and the end of the day, I'm responsible for the actions of the department and how that plays out in terms of the relationship.”</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:35:23 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37480 at http://wunc.org City Manager Wants To Improve Public Trust Of The Durham Police Department Durham Community Groups Want End To Alleged Police "Racial Profiling" http://wunc.org/post/durham-community-groups-want-end-alleged-police-racial-profiling <p></p><p>Community organizations and faith-based groups in Durham are calling for a series of measures to help end what they call "racial profiling" by the Durham Police Department.</p><p>Representatives of the NAACP, Durham Congregations in Action, Fostering Alternatives in Drug Enforcement -- or FADE -- and several other groups are pushing for five main changes.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:36:04 +0000 Leoneda Inge 36017 at http://wunc.org Durham Community Groups Want End To Alleged Police "Racial Profiling" The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department http://wunc.org/post/debate-over-racial-profiling-durham-police-department <div style="margin-top: 0px; font-size: 13px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Tahoma">&nbsp;</div><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">Host Frank </span>Stasio<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma"> talks with Ian </span>Mance<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, a civil rights attorney for the </span><a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">Southern Coalition of Social Justice</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, and <a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/">Frank </a></span><a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/">Baumgartner</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma">, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. </span>Baumgartner<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: Tahoma"> published a <a href="http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/papers/Baumgartner-Traffic-Stops-Statistics-1-Feb-2012.pdf">statewide study</a> tracking racial disparities in police stop-and-search practices. He later worked with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to analyze Durham-specific data.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:19:45 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35215 at http://wunc.org The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-chief-jose-lopez-addresses-recent-controversies <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In the last year, the <a href="http://www.durhampolice.com/">Durham Police Department</a> has faced public criticism surrounding search policies and three police-related deaths.</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.naacpnc.org/nc_naacp_responds_to_concerns_about_durham_police_activity_the_death_of_jes_s_huerta" style="line-height: 1.5;">The NAACP of North Carolina questioned the police actions</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the case of Jesus </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a 17 year-old who died in police custody.</span></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Advocacy organizations like the <a href="http://www.southerncoalition.org/">Southern Coalition for Social Justice</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DURHAM.FADE">Fostering Alternative Drug Enforcement (FADE)</a> have raised accusations of racial profiling. </span></font></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The department maintains that racial discrepancies in crime statistics do not indicate discrimination. </span></font>They <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/DPD/Documents/Racial%20Profiling%20Response.pdf">issued a report </a>in response to the criticism.</p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In response to public outcry, the <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/nis/Pages/Human-Relations-Commission.aspx">Human Relations Commission</a> will make recommendations to the City Council for procedural reforms in police governance in May.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:52:58 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34645 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies 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