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Durham police accused of beating up student

Posted January 20, 2010

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— The executive director of a training program for at-risk youth said Durham police officers assaulted one of her students Tuesday afternoon.

Fran Alexander said she was standing in the lobby of EDGE Training and Placement Tuesday afternoon when she saw two police officers confront 17-year-old Andre Bond. The EDGE program targets students who have been in trouble and tries to give them an education.

Durham Police Department Police investigating alleged assault by officers

Alexander said officers threw Bond against her SUV so hard that it left a dent and then threw him to the ground in front of the school.

"I was afraid they were going to kill him," she said. "One police officer was holding him, and the other one was ... just socking him in the face and in the ribs."

Bond appeared in court Wednesday on charges of assaulting a government official and resisting a public officer. He had no visible injuries, aside from a mark above his right eye.

"He looks OK right about now, but if you would have seen him (Tuesday), his face was bigger than mine," said his mother, Teresa Bond.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said the officers went to the school to arrest Bond for missing a court appearance in a case from August that also involved resisting arrest.

"A lot of the individuals who see the police action may not have seen it from the beginning (and) may not know what the background of the police action is," Lopez said.

The Durham Police Department is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure for any instance in which an officer uses force. Both officers, whose names haven't been released, remain on duty.

Lopez said it was too early to comment on whether the officers did anything wrong. The internal investigation could take several weeks to complete.

"I'm going to wait until the investigation has concluded and going to make a proper determination," he said.

Teresa Bond said she wants the two officers fired. Alexander said the incident only reinforces an image among teens that police cannot be trusted.

"How can I tell these kids that the police are our friends when they come on school grounds and do something like that?" she said.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2010

    thepuppiesjester said, “Theft isn't theft if it can't be proven.”

    We’re going to just have to disagree on this one, thepuppiesjester.

    Anyone who has had something stolen and has never seen their thief caught and prosecuted would probably also disagree with you. Your comment sounds like a bad song or a comedy skit “Didn’t see it? I didn’t do it.”

    Add in your ridiculous story about the cops not intervening in an assault happening right in front of them…except when your “tougher” body entered the fray… Riiiiiiight. ;-) LOL

    Then, you admit conspiracy (inviting your father to “do a number”) against local police.

    Cops are human and therefore not perfect. But, your comments and (self?) deception have revealed to us who you really are...someone bound for jail if they don’t change their mentality. Take care, man. Really.

  • commonsense99 Jan 21, 2010

    By the way the article is wrong. He is not 17 but actually 19 years old

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jan 21, 2010

    lol....the day after the bruises are always worse and the swelling is up...if they beat him like that lady said, he would be swollen from head to toe....another case of civilians having no clue what they are seeing....which is why witnesses are so unreliable...you can have 10 people watch the same thing and 10 different versions of what happened

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 21, 2010

    Tater, I will give you credit, I asked for a study and you provided it. I don't believe that study for one second but you did provided it upon my request. Next issue;

    "Cops hate cameras". Thus a tv show called COPS and cameras mounted in an ever increasing amount of patrol cars.

    "Do you mean to tell me you cannot restrain someone without using force with intent to harm?" No, not at all. But it is true there are no Vulcan nerve holds in the real world. If a suspect is resisting there is no magical way to overpower someone. I don't if you have ever tried or not, but it is not an easy thing to do to handcuff a person behind their back that really doesn't want to be handcuffed and is fighting back. I am not that big and not overly strong and I promise you, unless you are Brock Lesnar, there is no way one person or even two could handcuff me without it getting real physical.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Jan 21, 2010

    Every uniformed officer should walk off the street tommorow to please the naysayers and critics...who by the way wouldn't dare to even try to do the job or there wouldn't be such a shortage of Cops....I would love for them to just quit or go on strike....Next time Durham PD just let the bad guys go...no chases...no fights..not nothing let 'em walk and enjoy your day!!...I'll take care of myself and heck I'll even meet some of you guys for coffee on me.

  • Tater Salad Returns Jan 21, 2010

    Lets make you the officer. You walk up to someone with an arrest warrant and they say, "I aint going" over and over again and start to walk away. Tell us all what you would do...

    What does this have to do with abuse of power? Do you mean to tell me you cannot restrain someone without using force with intent to harm? Cops hate cameras because it casts a shadow of doubt on their credibility. They cannot "articulate" (lie) and give only their side of the story. If more of them spent time getting to know law abiding citizens and going after criminals who commit crimes with a VICTIM and not just tax revenue collection, the world would be a safer place.

  • bnice1984 Jan 21, 2010

    "Police Officers can use whatever force is necessary so long as they can explain why they had to do what they did"

    great, then we're all screwed

  • Tater Salad Returns Jan 21, 2010

    "I would like to read that study. Please provide a link, if there is actually such a study." - anitov January 21, 2010 1:18

    ask and ye shall receive:

    http://www.womenandpolicing.org/violenceFS.asp

    "Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, (1, 2) in contrast to 10% of families in the general population.(3) A third study of older and more experienced officers found a rate of 24% (4), indicating that domestic violence is 2-4 times more common among police families than American families in general"

    knowledge is power!

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 21, 2010

    "Hopefully, there is a video of the altercation so that way the DPD cant just sweep the incident under the rug." gandalla

    Lets make you the officer. You walk up to someone with an arrest warrant and they say, "I aint going" over and over again and start to walk away. Tell us all what you would do...

  • Eastern N.C. Native Jan 21, 2010

    She wants the officers fired, really?!?! I'm sure she didn't see the whole scenario play out and maybe she isn't aware that this 17 y.o. person has already been charged at least once for RESISTING A PUBLIC OFFICER. Children and teens don't learn to not "trust" the police from what they see, they learn it from people like this school director who have their preconceived notions that police are bad, and the parents who tell their children that police are the enemy as well. The police officers were doing their job. They should never get walked on by an unappreciative child/teenager/adult, never. The citizens need to learn to respect the position of authority that a law enforcement officer has, and the obligations on the officers as a result of their public position. If there is an issue, file a complaint. Don't demand they get fired until the whole story is released.

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