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Durham finds no evidence of discrimination, nepotism by police chief

Posted September 5, 2013

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez

— The City of Durham discredited allegations Thursday that Police Chief Jose Lopez discriminated against black officers and violated the city's nepotism policy by saying that an internal investigation found no evidence to substantiate either claim.

"At this time, and without more specific and substantiating evidence of wrongdoing, the city considers the matter closed," officials said in a statement. 

However, the statement made no mention of an accusation made public Wednesday that Lopez said a public defender deserved to be shot. 

That allegation is still being investigated, according to Mayor Bill Bell. 

Attorney David Hall was struck by a stray bullet during a June 22 shooting on Gray Avenue. In an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint filed last month, Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes claims that Lopez said a few days after the shooting that Hall deserved to get shot because he is a public defender.


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  • keithjinnc Sep 6, 2013

    It’s always interesting how people in these blog posting are quick to condemn a police official when they are “accused” of wrongdoing, while advocating that accused murderers, rapist, and thieves are innocent until proven guilty. And this statement; “Wake up Durham will be a trash city before long”, have you not driven around Durham lately or read the news? Sounds like there is a disgruntled Asst Police Chief looking for a promotion.

  • Jakester8035 Sep 6, 2013

    So the second in charge (who was put in that position by the chief) makes a complaint about the chief. Makes you go hmmmmmm maybe second in charge wants to be in charge.

  • LovemyPirates Sep 6, 2013

    This may should be fired by the Durham Council immediately!

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 5, 2013

    No surprise here. If some folks don't wake up Durham will be a trash city before long.

  • pinkiglock Sep 5, 2013

    Good to hear it.