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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
Credit Laura Lee

    

Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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Law
11:29 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Using New Media To Address 150 Unsolved Murders In Durham, NC

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There have been 17 murders in Durham so far this year, a number that is pretty average for the past five years or so in the city.  But the Durham Police Department isn't just focusing on investigations that are current, they are also making an effort to investigate more than 150 murders that are still unsolved. 

Sergeant David Piatt, with the Homicide Investigation Unit is keenly aware that the families of those victims are still waiting for answers,.

"I don't think you can say one person is more important than the other.  They all deserve closure,"  he says.

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Law
9:36 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Durham City Council Wants To Require Police Officers To Get Written Consent For Searches

Durham Police headquarters
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Members of the Durham City Council are trying to address concerns that police officers disproportionately stop and search black men. Four of the seven members gave their support on Thursday afternoon for requiring officers to get a driver's written consent before searching his vehicle.
 

City manager Tom Bonfield has suggested officers should be required to get consent in some recorded form - either video, audio or writing - but Mayor Bill Bell says that overcomplicates things.

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Politics & Government
5:21 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Durham Council Members Want To Require Written Consent For Police Vehicle Search

The Durham City Council debated on Tuesday night to require police officers get written consent from drivers before being able to search a vehicle.
Credit Jorge Valencia

In Durham, members of the city council want to require police to get written consent from drivers before searching a vehicle.

The debate over vehicle searches stems from complaints that some Durham officers have unfairly targeted minorities.

Some residents and community groups say black men are often arbitrarily stopped and searched.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Durham City Council Considers Police Recommendations

Durham City Council hears recommendations from City Manager on how to improve police and community relations.
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The Durham Police Department has been accused of racial profiling, which led the Human Relations Commission to recommend changes in policy and procedure in May.

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Politics & Government
9:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Durham City Manager: 'In Some Areas, Unexplained Racial Disparities Do Exist'

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield presented his response to alleged racism in the Durham Police Department in a packed hearing before city council.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Durham city manager presented the city council recommendations in a packed hearing on Thursday to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.

It's a long-awaited response to an investigation by the city's Human Relations Commission on claims that the police targets minorities. In his report, city manager Tom Bonfield had some clear findings.

"Our review and the data tells us in some areas, unexplained racial disparities do exist," Bonfield said to the council.

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Law
8:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Durham City Manager Releases Recommendations For Police Dept.

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield
Credit City of Durham

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is recommending that the Police Department require officers to complete racial equality training.

It's just one of dozens of points from a 131-page report his office compiled in response to complaints of racial bias and profiling within the department.

City Manager Tom Bonfield wrote that he reviewed the recommendations with the police department and six community advocacy groups.

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Law
8:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences

A Durham Police officer admitted lying about receiving a 911 call as a pretense to enter a residence and serve a warrant. He told a judge is was a common practice in the department.
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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.

The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.

Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.

City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.

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Law
8:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

City Manager Wants To Improve Public Trust Of The Durham Police Department

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is reviewing recommendations to improve relations between the city's Police Department and the public.
Credit City of Durham

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.

“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.”

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Law
8:36 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Durham Community Groups Want End To Alleged Police "Racial Profiling"

Attorney James Williams and leaders from several community groups speak out against alleged "racial profiling" by Durham Police.
Credit Leoneda Inge

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.

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.

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