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Durham does away with police checkpoints

Posted March 6

— The Durham Police Department said Monday that they have done away with department-initiated traffic checkpoints in an effort to dispel concerns and further encourage the relationship with the community.

According to a news release, the department has used routine checkpoints as a means to ensure compliance with the rules of the road. However, in recent weeks, there has been national and local concern regarding the role of local law enforcement officers in federal immigration enforcement. The Durham Police Department said their checkpoints were not used for immigration enforcement.

The department will continue to participate in multi-jurisdictional highway safety campaigns, such as Booze It & Lose It and Click It or Ticket, according to the release.


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  • Lance Cotten Mar 7, 10:08 a.m.
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    this is absurd.. the good police chief is bowing to the PC police... you are doing your job so well by making this change! I'm sure Mayor Bell is so proud of you!

  • Marty Baker Mar 7, 9:10 a.m.
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    So the police chief decides to not do something that would otherwise be a normal part of their job, simply because it may scare illegal immigrants. That's pathetic. Durham should be ashamed.

  • James Johnson Mar 7, 8:03 a.m.
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    (ii) they acted to encourage and induce an aliens to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law;

    (iii) they engaged in a conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, and

    (iv) they aided or abetted the commission of any of the preceding acts.

    That they knew or reasonably should have known their actions to be illegal and in violation of:

    A. North Carolina General Statute N.C.G.S. §14-230 (willfully failing to discharge duties),
    B. North Carolina Constitution- Art I, Sec 5 (Allegiance to the United States)
    C. North Carolina Constitution- Art I, Sec 29 (Treason against the State),
    D. As well as violating Federal law, 1907 Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324 (aiding and abetting illegal aliens)

    As such, they are guilty of misbehavior in office and should therefore be immediately removed from office.

  • James Johnson Mar 7, 8:02 a.m.
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    Our organization, NCFIRE, formally charge that:

    By there willful support of illegal aliens in North Carolina,

    Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, Durham Sheriff Capt. Raheem Aleem, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Carrboro Police Chief Walter Horton,

    in their capacity of Law Enforcement, an official of the State of North Carolina, did conspire and willfully and corruptly violate their oath of office according to the true intent and meaning thereof to support and maintain the Constitution and laws of North Carolina in that:

    (i) they knowingly or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, attempt to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, or attempted to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien;

    (ii) they acted to encourage and induce an aliens to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or r

  • Ed Ray Mar 7, 5:26 a.m.
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    Durham citizens better get them a permit and get to packin. Durham is about to turn into Chicago. I remember when they did away with police check points in Chicago and look at it now.

  • Danny Basden Mar 6, 9:56 p.m.
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    Sorry to break it to a few of you here but checkpoints have been used long before the term "undocumented immigrant" became a thing. Believe it or not, they were used even before the term "illegal alien". I guess you could argue where the checkpoints are set up and the frequency. But if you do, be happy with crime rates in the area and the probability that there are more cars in your area without proper insurance than in areas that are enforced - so good luck if you are in fender bender....

  • Jeremy Fryett Mar 6, 9:51 p.m.
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    Well Chief remember this decision when your crime rates go up. Won't hurt my feeling when you are in the unemployment line. Typical enabling of criminals. Strong work.

  • William Sherman Mar 6, 9:43 p.m.
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    Make no mistake about it---this action is simply intended NOT to enforce the laws when it comes to illegal aliens for fear they will feel put upon. Therefore, they can now drive pretty much without fear of being detected at the check points..

  • Jeff Freuler Mar 6, 7:39 p.m.
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    Yea yea yea........Bogus tickets.....

    Checkpoints are also a way to find vehicles without proper registration and insurance, wanted individuals, stolen vehicles and other property, impaired drivers and the list goes on. With the crime and gang problem in Durham you would figure some folks would get it however, it's obvious that some like the chief do not get it. It's not an us vs them mentality that the news media and others want you to believe. The department and officers truly want to make a difference. The ones with something to hide usually scream the loudest against things like this

    They are not meant to target certain demographics and never have been.

    Hey Durham you reap what you sow.

  • Susan Olvera Mar 6, 7:13 p.m.
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    Preach it! My husband is Latino too and had to fight a bogus speeding ticket. Hi co-worker ( who is also Latino ) was stopped and falsely ticketed at the same intersection as well.