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FBI Consulted in Durham Police Misconduct Probe

Posted November 9, 2007

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— The FBI could be called into a Durham Police Department internal investigation to determine whether police officers violated anyone's civil rights, authorities said Friday.

Several Durham police officers were placed on leave this week pending the outcome of the internal investigation. WRAL has learned the probe centers on allegations of sexual misconduct involving officers and prostitutes.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said Thursday that the allegations surfaced shortly after he took over the department in September. He said fewer than 10 officers, ranging from rookies to veterans, were involved, but he didn't reveal other details about the case.

FBI Supervisory Agent Greg Baker said Lopez called his office last week to talk about the evidence collected after a month-long internal investigation.

"He wanted to discuss their investigation, their findings thus far," Baker said. "I laid out the parameters of what may constitute a federal violation."

The FBI hasn't yet joined in the investigation, but Baker said the agency is on standby to determine whether any civil rights violations occurred.

"If the officer engaged in actions for personal gain under the official capacity as a police officers, using either coercion or threat" would constitute a violation, he said.

Lopez met with city officials for 30 minutes behind closed doors Thursday evening to brief them about the investigation after WRAL began asking questions about the case. He said he also has contacted prosecutors in the Durham County District Attorney's Office to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted.

Mayor Bill Bell said Friday that he has confidence in Lopez and didn't think the investigation would affect the police department's credibility.

Baker also noted that Durham police are being proactive in their investigation.

"Everyone's trying to do the right thing. No one wants this in their department," he said.

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  • 4506tobysuper Nov 9, 2007

    I am as conservative as they come, please refrain from insinuating I would have anything to do a George Soros-funded organization, especially Moveon.org...who, by the way, seriously need to move on from their hatred of Bush. The DPD should have ZERO credibility after the Crystal Mangum fiasco, and for my taste they are reaping what they have sewn.
    GayConservative

    So every officer should suffer because of a few bad apples. The DPD has approximately 500 officers, the news states under 10 are invovled. Yes that is a lot but its not all of them. A majority of DPD's officers are outstanding officers, don't group them in with the bad ones.

  • PaulRevere Nov 9, 2007

    Shoobeee doobedobedoodoo

    I am as conservative as they come, please refrain from insinuating I would have anything to do a George Soros-funded organization, especially Moveon.org...who, by the way, seriously need to move on from their hatred of Bush. The DPD should have ZERO credibility after the Crystal Mangum fiasco, and for my taste they are reaping what they have sewn.

  • DrunkSober Nov 9, 2007

    There are plenty of attractive educated ladies in Durham (really). But I guess it's easier for some of these men to spend an hour with "women of the evening." No matter what, I guess you pay for sex in some way or another.

    Simple:Why spend lots of $$ and effort when you can get the same result for a fraction of the cost?Its not about the 'looks', for men.Duhhhh!

  • Nancy Nov 9, 2007

    "Ya gotta love Bell. According to him there are no problems whatsoever. At least not in the state of denial in which he lives."

    And considering it was reported today in the Hurled Scum newspaper, Baker and Bell meet for two hours every Wednesday and Baker said he knew about this investigation two weeks ago - before the election.

    Interesting but perhaps not surprising.

  • mindyourown Nov 9, 2007

    Police misconduct? In crime-ridden Durham? Are you kidding me? Here we go again, to serve and protect doesn't necessarily mean the good citizens, the criminals are being protected. What kind of message is that to send to society?

  • doobedobedoodoo Nov 9, 2007

    Skeet, you're not worthy to polish the shoes of any police officer.

    Look at this blog site---with people labled "GayConservative" and "WhiteAfricanAmerican"..what do you expect? Let's re-name this place as MoveOn.org.

  • blondton13 Nov 9, 2007

    There are plenty of attractive educated ladies in Durham (really). But I guess it's easier for some of these men to spend an hour with "women of the evening."
    No matter what, I guess you pay for sex in some way or another.

  • PaulRevere Nov 9, 2007

    I'll ask again...maybe it will be posted this time...how long has WRAL and other media known of this? 2 days after an election in Durham it happens to "break"...I don't think so!

  • DrunkSober Nov 9, 2007

    Why cant people just get married and do their jobs?Why does sex rule so many people's lives?Just scares me how sex is overrated.I know someone will say its because am not doing it right thats why i think so, but why lose a career over something so simple?

  • Skeet Skeet Skeet Nov 9, 2007

    they must be competing against the Highway Patrol for the organization with the most crooked cops in Eastern NC

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