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NAACP praises Durham police for Facebook comment probe

Posted December 18, 2008

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— The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People praised the Durham police chief for conducting a "transparent and forthcoming" investigation into alleged racial slurs posted online by Durham police officers after Barack Obama's electoral win.

Fred Foster, president of the Durham chapter of the NAACP, commended Chief Jose Lopez for taking the complaint seriously, acting immediately and conveying the results of the investigation to the public.

"The chief has acted with speed and transparency in the investigation, and this has set a good model for others to follow," Foster said, in a statement.

An internal investigation cleared two officers of making racial slurs on their personal Facebook pages. Investigators determined that one alleged slur was actually a martial-arts term and that in another comment, the officer mistakenly referred to the equal-rights amendment.

The probe into complaints against a third officer was ongoing, but police said that the claims were so are so far unsubstantiated. One officer was disciplined for identifying himself as an officer on Facebook.

Early on, Foster had urged the police department to release information about the investigation, saying rumors about it were harming public trust. However, the ongoing investigation has done a lot to restore that trust, he said Thursday.

"This meets the NAACP's criteria that we have been promoting throughout the community dealing with training, transparency and trust. The police department is composed of public servants, which means that public trust is the cornerstone of their effectiveness," Foster said.

Foster said he hopes that Lopez will act with similar transparency if other allegations of abuse emerge in the future.

"If he is consistent with being fast, transparent and building trust when there are serious allegations, then we believe that we can develop trust between the community and the police," he said. "The Durham branch of the NAACP looks forward to working with Chief Jose Lopez."


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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 19, 2008

    Of course my first comment didn't go through, but how can you say a whole organization is bad, versus some of the people that work for the organization. And I am assuming, you are labeling the NAACP a racist organization such as the KKK?

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 19, 2008

    Instead of saying the NAACP is racist, why not say there are some racist people within the organization, just like I am sure there are racist people within ANY company or organization. Its funny how you say white people are being walked on, but let's look at the multitude of blacks that have been and are still being walked on. The group was started for the advancement of a group of people, not for advocating white supremacy as the KKK has. Who said Whites were Supreme beings? We are all equal, no matter who thinks what.

  • 68_polara Dec 19, 2008

    So what are we supposed to make of this story? That they were wrong and they don't care and we aren't supposed to care that they were wrong or question their motives? Just how arrogant is that?

  • DaddysAngel27 Dec 19, 2008

    If the naacp can do this and get away with it then I think that the KKK SHALL RISE!!!!!!!

  • ccs1920 Dec 18, 2008

    Jump, when told to, and you shall receive praise. Don't jump and we shall march.

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  • DaddysAngel27 Dec 18, 2008

    I am SO SICK of the naacp! this has got to stop! It doesn't matter who typed what, it is a personal space and freedom of speech! I'm sorry but if it was a black person would there be a problem??? I doubt it! Many black people are racist and do racist things towards whites and there is nothing done! Just because Obama is dark skinned he is still WHITE because his mother is and what ever the mother is, what what the birth certificate classifies the child! So, how can he be the 1rst black president??? All I see now is the white people being walked on and I will NOT be one of them! If you don't like what I stated then grow up and get educated because any shrewd remarks on what I say will only make me laugh!

  • uncw40oz Dec 18, 2008

    and I bet that's why they did it, just so the NAACP doesn't start complaining yet again and again and again...

    can anyone name me anything the NAACP has done to bring unity to all races, nationalities, and cultures??

    didn't think so

  • chance Dec 18, 2008

    AND WE CARE WHAT THE RACIST NAACP ORGANIZATION THINKS WHY??? Actually I'd prefer they go hide under a rock! I am sooooo sick and tired of them going after every other race but never acknowledging the hatred toward others by their own race. Maybe we should all ban together and start the National Association for Protection Against the NAACP (NAPA-NAACP)?!?!?

  • cuffusion Dec 18, 2008

    So now these officers have been cleared... the fact that they have been investigated brings into question their integrity and ability to fulfill the duties of thier jobs.. so .. they should have all of the information that led to the investigation.. including the individual who filed the complaint. They should then file a civil suit againt this individual for compensatory and punitive damages resulting from the attack on thier integrity..