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What the Players Want

Posted October 5, 2007

The following is a complete list of actions sought from the courts by the players and their attorneys:

The issuance of an Order and Permanent Injunction that:

 

  • appoints an independent monitor to oversee Durham Police Department for 10 years and reports to the court on an annual basis;
  • authorizes the monitor to establish, review and enforce all policies applicable to the management of the Durham Police Department;
  • provides the Monitor with the authority to hire, fire, and promote all Durham Police officials, including the Chief of Police;
  • establishes an independent citizen Police Review Committee, composed of three members selected by the Court, which shall review and hear publicly complaints of misconduct by Durham residents against Durham Police personnel and make recommendations to the Monitor as to discipline or innocence;
  • orders that all eyewitness identification arrays, lineups and similar procedures conducted by the Durham Police Department, whether formal or informal, and/or of suspects or "witnesses," conform to the provisions of General Order No. 4077 and be recorded by videotape;
  • orders that any reports of DNA or other scientific testing requested by the Durham Police Department or District Attorney’s Office include the results of all testing, and all notes, charts, or raw data generated during such testing, and that a copy of each such report be provided to the Monitor to ensure compliance;
  • orders that the Durham Police Department provide proper training, based on materials and plans approved by the Monitor, to all current and new personnel (the "Remedial Training") on the following matters:
    • the appropriate chain of command in criminal investigations;
    • the issuance of public statements relating to an open investigation;
    • the conduct of eyewitness identification procedures;
    • the service of outstanding warrants on witnesses in a criminal investigation or proceeding;
    • prohibiting threats, inducements, or intimidation of witnesses;
    • the standards for police reports, investigator’s notes, and other reports of investigations, including the timely and truthful preparation of such documents;
    • the supervision of private companies engaged to provide scientific testing or other services in connection with a police investigation; and
    • the standards for probable cause;
  • enjoins the Durham Police Department from issuing any press releases, written statements, posters, flyers, or other materials intended for publication relating to a Durham Police investigation, whether directly or indirectly through an entity in which Durham Police personnel participate (such as Crimestoppers), without first obtaining the approval of the Monitor;
  • enjoins the Durham Police Department from making any oral public statements relating to a Durham Police investigation, whether directly or indirectly through an entity in which Durham Police personnel participate (such as Crimestoppers), without first obtaining the approval of the Monitor as to the substance of the statement;
  • enjoins the Durham Police Department from serving any arrest warrants on a person known to be a witness in a criminal investigation or criminal proceeding without first obtaining the approval of the Monitor;
  • enjoins the Durham Police Department from delegating any supervision over a Durham Police investigation to the District Attorney’s Office;
  • orders the Durham Police Department to implement a policy requiring Durham Police personnel to present exculpatory evidence when testifying before a grand jury.
  • enjoins the Durham Police Department from targeting students of Duke University for selective enforcement of the criminal laws, and from refusing to protect the legal and constitutional rights of students of Duke University;
  • requires the City of Durham to pay all costs relating to the Monitor, Police Review Committee, and Remedial Training for the duration of the Permanent Injunction; and
  • enjoins DSI and Meehan from providing any reports of DNA or other scientific testing, or providing any expert testimony, in any court proceeding, whether civil or criminal, for a period of ten (10) years;
  • damages in an amount to be established at trial as compensation for constitutional deprivations; past and future economic loss, physical harm, emotional trauma, loss of privacy, and loss of reputation; loss of education; and expenses associated with defending against the criminal proceedings initiated and sustained by Defendants’ unlawful conduct;
  • damages in an amount to be established at trial to punish Defendants for outrageous conduct pursued out of actual malice that recklessly and callously disregarded and was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, to discourage them from engaging in similar conduct in the future, and to deter others similarly situated from engaging in similar misconduct;
  • an award of attorneys’ fees, including attorneys’ fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b);
  • an award for reasonable and customary costs, expenses, and interest incurred in pursuit of this action; and
  • whatever additional relief the Court may deem proper.