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State reviewing Durham police misconduct case

Posted May 22, 2008

— The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is reviewing a case involving misconduct allegations against Durham police officers, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"Attorneys in our office will do a thorough review of the case file before determining how to proceed," attorney general spokeswoman Jennifer Canada said. She would not give further details about the case, however.

Two officers resigned in January amid a Durham Police Department internal investigation into allegations that officers engaged in sexual acts with a prostitute.

The investigation found no proof of any officers being involved, but the department was awaiting results of DNA tests before concluding its criminal investigation.

The probe did find that Sgt. Keith Cheeks and Officer Demond Good engaged in misconduct unrelated to the sex allegations.

Police Chief Jose Lopez has not disclosed the nature of the misconduct, but said the pair would have been fired if they hadn't resigned.


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  • mike honcho May 23, 2008

    Chief Lopez is cleaning up the DPD, give him time. There is now accountability for ALL officers. The days of rules applying to some of the people, some of the time are over. It was a great decision to bring in a Chief with NO ties to Durham. Keep up the good work Chief.

  • redant May 22, 2008

    Where is the corruption and racism loveoneanotheraschristtaught? These two officers resigned and the Chief said they would have been fired had they not. It is unreasonable to expect that every individual in an agency of over 500 employees is going to be perfect. What can be expected is that employees will be held accountable for their actions, which in this case they were.

  • LibertarianTechie May 22, 2008

    I wonder if the problems with Durham go beyond the police and the DA's office. Could the problem be Durham's government in general?

  • LoveOneAnotherAsChristTaught May 22, 2008

    My impression is that there is such a significant level of corruption and racism in the Durham judicial system that the State should come in, do a clean sweep, and re-build a new police force and a new DA's office.

  • lawrencerandy May 22, 2008

    Why does WRAL sometimes put out a story that's on the front page and in the headlines but when you start reading the story you run into a "We don't have further details at this time" why put it out there if you don't have any details.

  • PaulRevere May 22, 2008

    I wonder if Lopez knew what he was getting into when he campaigned for Durham police chief. He must've read one of those glossy magazines! However, maybe this is all a good sign that he's trying to clean the place up!! Too bad he's taking a spoon to a dump truck full of dirt!!