Durham Police Department

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.
Credit Durham Police Department

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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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department

Southern Coalition for Social Justice logo
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A discussion about possible racial profiling in the Durham police department.

  

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Ian Mance, a civil rights attorney for the Southern Coalition of Social Justice, and Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baumgartner published a statewide study tracking racial disparities in police stop-and-search practices. He later worked with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to analyze Durham-specific data.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez
Credit http://durhamnc.gov/

A conversation with Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez

In the last year, the Durham Police Department has faced public criticism surrounding search policies and three police-related deaths.  The NAACP of North Carolina questioned the police actions in the case of Jesus Huerta, a 17 year-old who died in police custody.

Advocacy organizations like the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Fostering Alternative Drug Enforcement (FADE) have raised accusations of racial profiling.

The department maintains that racial discrepancies in crime statistics do not indicate discrimination. They issued a report in response to the criticism.

In response to public outcry, the Human Relations Commission will make recommendations to the City Council for procedural reforms in police governance in May. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Latest Complaint On Durham PD Says Investigators Make Inappropriate Payments To Drug Informants

Credit Durham Police Department

Durham city officials are looking into a complaint that police made inappropriate payments to drug informants.

An advocacy group says police paid informants and didn’t disclose it, which is required by law.

Attorneys from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice also say police unfairly target black and Hispanic people. The department denies any wrongdoing.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Questions About Informant Payments By Durham Police

Steve Schewel, Durham City Council Member
Credit City of Durham/Durhamnc.gov

    

Two local advocacy groups released documents showing the Durham Police Department made payments to informants in criminal matters.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Durham Police Paid Criminal Informants 'Conviction Bonuses,' Attorneys Say

Credit Durham Police Department

An advocacy group says the Durham Police Department has been paying bonuses to crime informants for help in the conviction of suspects.

Attorneys from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice have obtained police records that they say show nine people were convicted in drug cases where an informant was paid for his testimony.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Durham DA: Officer Who Shot Stabbing Suspect Not Criminally Liable

Durham County Courthouse
Credit North Carolina Court System

The Durham district attorney says he will not criminally charge a police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding stabbing suspect last year.

District Attorney Leon Stanback said on Thursday that his office found no probable cause for criminal charges in the death of Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo after reviewing records that included a medical autopsy and police car videos and interviewing officers, witnesses and first responders.

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The State Of Things
5:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field

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In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham  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.

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