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  • commented 2015-10-16 14:42:55 -0400
    http://wncn.com/2015/08/09/police-use-of-force-records-inconsistent-across-jurisdictions/

    “WNCN Investigates started digging into the real numbers…

    Most of the other departments WNCN spoke with said

    they count each individual officer’s use of force.

    Durham does not.”


    “The Durham police department also does not keep track

    of how often its officers point their weapons.

    Durham police Chief Jose Lopez told WNCN

    that it is because

    officers pulling their weapons

    ‘happens’ all the time.

    [”It’s normal behavior" a DPD

    spokesperson told ABC News.]


    Durham’s inequitable policing is a major problem,

    and not just at traffic stops.

    The police chief is an employee,

    a department manager who reports to a council employee, the city manager;

    what will YOU do on City Council

    to provide elected civilian oversight

    to ensure that police department

    and its employees, including the police

    chief, are both transparent & acCOUNTable

    concerning use of force, even when such force is NOT

    applied against lawyered-up ‘Gentrified’ civilians such as you, yourselves, your

    family, friends, neighbors or others of your political and

    Socio-Economic Status?


    [The use of body cameras might help but it is not

    a solution; video, as well as audio can be turned off, disabled, tapes “lost”

    like complaints,

    and “low ready” gun threats can be off-cam,

    out of view, like sexually sadistic public/pubic/anal strip-“searches”

    when they strip-‘search’/

    body-cavity

    “search” pedestrians in undocumented

    “pro-active” “deterrent”

    NPS” Non-Productive" “catch-&-release”

    “fishing expeditions” in

    the DPD’s Durham Police Department’s

    “you don’t belong here, boy” segregated “Target Areas”.]
  • commented 2015-09-01 19:36:23 -0400
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  • commented 2014-06-16 15:17:55 -0400
    I Have been searched many times, but I have never given consent.

    Chief Lopez says non-productive searches are a deterrent

    (they deter going out at night, or living in “target areas”.)


    A cop here explained to me how they can claim to get consent from anyone with a trick question: “Mind if we search you? Yes or No, they search you; if you say YES! then they say you said yes; you gave consent, & if you say NO! then they say you said, no, you didn’t mind; either way, they say you gave consent; you have to somehow tell angry armed men you refuse

    a search which is time consuming, often destructive, and can even be violent &/or dangerous.

    DEMAND AN NCR CONSENT FORM, COPY FOR YOU, COPY FOR THEM, & WRITE “CONSENT REFUSED.”


    ALSO:

    Complaints have to be documented more reliably than the department’s hide-&-seek form

    that has less than ½ the size of a sheet of toilet paper for your complaint,

    and cops want contact information for your employer & landlord,

    to get you fired &/or evicted.


    Cops don’t want to file complaints against cops,

    (Complaints are “heard” VERBAL ONLY; OFF THE RECORD, but NOT FILED)

    so complaints should be filed by civilians

    who take complaints every day, all day, at City Hall: The City Manager’s ONE CALL SYSTEM

    is professional, neutral, & above all, SAFE. You can even make anonymous calls;

    for example, to report cops taking drugs, money & guns from drug dealers;

    do NOT look at criminal cops’ name-tags; just get time, place & painted CAR numbers

    (they painted OUT the words ‘to protect & serve’) to file Police complaints,

    CALL ONE CALL: 560-1200


    They can (& should) take complaints, document them,

    and forward them to the police department, as they do for every other department.
    The Police Chief reports to the City Manager; the city’s Chief Administrator,
    so we DO have “civilian oversight of law enforcement”


    if the City Manager would use his huge ONE CALL staff (about half his staff)

    then they could not maintain willful ignorance

    (Plausible Deniability).
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