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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Durham Councilwoman: Why Are Cops Involved in Frank Clark Shooting Still on Force?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 7:21 PM

The allegations made by residents in the McDougald Terrace community during a Monday evening press conference have made Durham City Councilwoman Jillian Johnson question why the three officers involved in the fatal shooting of thirty-four-year-old Frank Clark are still employed by the city. Johnson sent this email to City Manager Tom Bonfield today and said she was "struggling to understand" why Master Officer C.S. Barkley, Officer M.D. Southerland and Officer C.Q. Goss remained on the beat after a 2014 incident that saw an internal investigation into the men's policing practices unfold—and was concerned that "these officers aren't the only ones...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

McDougald Terrace Residents Want Officer Who Fatally Shot Frank Clark Off Streets

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Jasmine Lloyd said he has been harassing her since she was twelve years old—the Durham police officer who gunned down her boyfriend, Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark, November 22 in McDougald Terrace. He even threatened her when she was pregnant with a child who became fatherless the moment Master Officer C.S. Barkley fired a fatal shot that shook the city’s black community to its core, she said. So when, at the tail end of a press conference called by the lawyers representing the Clark family in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting that eyewitnesses claim was unjust, the floor was opened...

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Durham PD's 5-Day Report on Frank Clark Shooting Contradicts Eyewitness Reports

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 7:37 AM

It doesn't mesh with what several eyewitnesses told the INDY less than an hour after Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark was killed. And it leaves many questions unanswered. But here is the Durham Police Department's 5-Day Report on the incident that saw a city officer gun down a thirty-four-year-old black man in McDougald Terrace last week. We will continue to report on this story as more details emerge....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Durham PD Holds Media-Free Meeting,

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let's jump in: 1) The Durham Police Department meets with residents to "discuss" Frank Clark shooting. Less than a week after an officer (or officers) shot and killed a Durham man in McDougald Terrace, local residents, law enforcement and a member of the City Council converged on the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to talk about the incident. Well, except, that didn't really happen. From the INDY: It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Residents: Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:17 PM

It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a shot even ring out before bullets left the chamber of a Durham Police Department-issued gun? Those who showed up to a community meeting at T.A. Grady Recreation Center this evening—a gathering designed to bring city police and residents of McDougald Terrance together in the aftermath of the fatal shooting, by the DPD, of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark—did not get the answers to those questions. Of course, we don’t know...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Police, Witnesses Have Different Accounts of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Less than twenty-four hours after the Durham City Council voted 5-2 to spend $1.4 million dollars on hundreds of body cameras to be worn by its police officers, eyewitnesses and city cops are at odds over just how an officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark unfolded this afternoon in McDougald Terrace. One witness said it started when an unmarked police car was seen “circling the block”—prompting “everyone who was out here to take to running.” But one man, Clark, remained—walking away slowly until he “locked eyes” with an officer he knew. The man, the witness...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Sorry, Pat. Board of Elections Says 'No' to Recount in Durham.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Pat McCrory was dealt another blow on Friday, as the Durham County Board of Elections voted unanimously to dismiss an election protest filed by attorney Thomas Stark to recount 94,159 ballots. Stark, the general counsel for the NCGOP, filed his protest a week ago, claiming malfeasance impacted the results—the late vote counts were due to an error reading the electronic card that keeps a record of the votes in the tabulator machines. As explained by a business systems analyst from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the company behind the software used across the state, the error...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Making Stuff Up Again, Must Be a Day That Ends in Y

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM

1. Last night, the president-elect, having nothing better to do with his time, took to Twitter to announce that he had personally intervened to dissuade Ford from relocating a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. One problem with that: Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville. … Meanwhile Ford said in a statement to NPR, "Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Election Protests Filed in 12 Counties, Wildfires Continue to Burn, and Michael Jordan Gets a Medal

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here's a look at some of today's top headlines in North Carolina: 1. Election protests continue as Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign formally files paperwork in eleven more counties. This comes the same day that the Durham County Board of Elections voted to have a second hearing concerning its results and handling of 94,159 votes that were manually entered. OK, but back to the other protets—According to the N&O  the protests were filed because his "re-election campaign alleges fraudulent absentee voting may have benefited Democratic candidates in more counties." Here's more: “These voter fraud concerns must be...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Republicans Rumored to Be Considering Packing the N.C. Supreme Court In December Special Session

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:48 AM

One of the few bright spots of these unbelievably awful past few days is that, in the race for the N.C. Supreme Court, Mike Morgan soundly defeated conservative Bob Edmunds. This gives Democrats four out of seven seats on the state Supreme Court; if Roy Cooper's lead in the governor's race holds, these two positions will be crucial for Democrats to stem the flow of right-wing policies the legislature has enacted over the past six years. But, according to a Democratic legislative staffer, the Republicans are considering circumventing that by packing the Supreme Court with an extra two justices, both...

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Trump Finds Time, In Between Tweets, to Meet Obama at White House

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Well ... we're still here, so we might as well check out the headlines. 1) President Obama meets with "subdued" Trump in Oval Office. A ninety minute conversation that unfolded inside the White House Thursday gave President Barack Obama hope that a man he, only a few days ago, characterized as unfit to lead the nation, would not be that bad. From the New York Times: For years, Mr. Trump questioned Mr. Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy, branded the nation’s first black president weak and called his tenure a disaster. On Thursday at the White House, the once-unimaginable happened: The two men...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Apocalypse … Now? The INDY’s Election Day Live Blog, Part 2

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Welcome to the INDY’s Election Day live blog, part 2! There are, as of this writing, approximately 240 minutes until polls close in North Carolina and our long national nightmare finally (hopefully?) comes to an end. Throughout the day, the INDY will have a team of reporters out of the streets of the Triangle, talking to voters, looking into reports of election weirdness, and generally being on the lookout for any news that breaks. As they report in, I’ll be updating this blog. (And with more frequency later in the day, after we put this week’s newspaper to bed;...

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The Morning Roundup: Today, We End This

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Good morning, guys and gals. The great American nightmare that has seen the rise of the worst presidential candidate in history is almost over. And in the interest of time—because instead of reading this, we would rather you were voting—we're going to keep this short and sweet. Let's dive in. 1) Trump showed up in Raleigh yesterday, lied within thirty seconds of taking stage. According to the Donald, there were thousands of people still waiting to pack into Dorton Arena when his speech began. THOUSANDS! Well, we checked. There were less than 100—and a handful of them were the men...

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Undercover at North Carolina's Final Gathering of Trump's Army

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

The first thing that struck me was the parking lot—how a nearly silent stretch of pavement could speak so loudly through vitriolic bumper stickers (including, many times over, the ever-popular slogan “Hillary for Prison”) and derogatory messages (most about President Barack Obama) painted on car windows. I mean, these vehicles, for the most part, weren’t even carrying messages of support for the man set to speak hours later inside the arena located a few hundred yards away. And as I walked toward the venue, I found more of the same in the T-shirts, hats and buttons being hawked by those...

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New Allegations of Racism at the Durham County Jail Brought to County Commissioners

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

On Monday morning during the Durham County Board of County Commissioners' meeting, members of the Inside-Outside Alliance brought new allegations of racism at the Durham County Jail forward—including a petition with forty-four signatures on it (all inmates at the facility). Greg Williams, with the IOA, read the petition to the commissioners; Officer Faulkner and Sgt. Coleman denied inmates their soccer time after their 30 minutes of basketball. Officer Faulkner at 10:15 a.m. approximately made a highly offensive racial slur towards all African-American inmates, saying: 'If you’re not Mexican, you can’t play soccer, and Mexicans can’t play basketball.' This was after the...

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The INDY’s Elections Contest: Guess the Results, Win a Prize

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

With this seemingly interminable election finally—finally!—reaching its merciful terminus, we decided a little contest was in order. Actually, two of them, each worth one $50 gift card to Lilly’s Pizza. In the first, you’ll guess how the presidential contest will play out; in the second, you’ll predict North Carolina’s races for president, governor, and U.S. Senate. In both cases, email your predictions to contests@indyweek.com or tweet them to @indyweek using the hashtag #INDYelections. Contest 1: The Presidential ElectionPredict the ultimate popular vote and electoral college margins. Instructions: Go to 270towin.com and enter what you believe to be the final...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Richard Burr Thinks Shooting Hillary Clinton Is Hilarious, Judicial Obstruction Is Awesome

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Richard Burr had a bad day yesterday. There's really no other way to characterize it. So, for your reading pleasure, here's a blow by blow of everything that went wrong for a career politician who has a real shot of losing his bid for reelection. First, his campaign banned The News & Observer from receiving notifications of campaign events because reporter Colin Campbell and the N&O had, in Burr's view, "failed to cover the race objectively" (read: wouldn't print Burr's press releases uncritically). Then, last night, CNN published a video of Burr speaking with supporters in Mooresville over the weekend. Let's...

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The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Has Gone Full Trump

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) Richard Burr is having a tough week ... and isn't handling it well. Remember when Donald Trump was ridiculed for the super presidential move of banning particular media outlets from his campaign events? Well, his BFF Richard Burr apparently thinks that's a solid game plan. Sorry N&O: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign is refusing to provide The News & Observer with details of his campaign schedule, effectively limiting the newspaper from reporting on Burr’s public appearances. Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said concerns with The N&O’s coverage of the race have prompted the...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Morning Roundup: N.C. Values Coalition Crosses a Line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Happy Friday everyone. Let's just dive right in. 1) N.C. Values Coalition goes too far. If you thought the "Hillary Clinton killed my son" and the "Roy Cooper sides with the guy who raped me" ads were bad—if you hoped that kind of trash was as low as things would go during this election cycle—well, prepare for rock bottom. Frankly, if there is something below rock bottom, the N.C. Values Coalition—you know, the sponsor of the Franklin Graham Rally at which I was called a "fucking sodomite" and "Jew-boy"—has you covered. Here's our story. And even though we would rather...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Expanded Early Voting Hours Begin Today and More Clown News

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Happy Thursday, folks here's some of today's headlines:  1. Early voting locations expand throughout the state today. As the second week of early voting (also known as one-stop voting) begins, counties are adding more locations for early voting. In Durham, it's ballooning from five locations to thirteen. Other counties like Forsyth County, which only had one location for the first week, will finally allow voting at satellite locations. By opening other locations many counties will have the opportunity to help solve the problem of congestion and long wait times, but the hope is to all bring in more voters. WRAL has...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Richard Burr's Not So Keen on the Right to a Fair Trial

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 3:13 PM

It's not often when neoconservatives forget to mask their hatred of everything in the Constitution that comes after the Second Amendment, but yesterday, that's exactly what Senator Richard Burr did. Burr, a prominent supporter of the PATRIOT Act and the surveillance state, posted an article from the conservative Washington Free Beacon on Facebook yesterday that contains the juicy detail that his opponent held a fundraiser with a lawyer: North Carolina Democrat Deborah Ross will attend a Tuesday night fundraiser at the home of the lawyer who represented one of the five Taliban terrorists who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for...

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Another Solis Apartment Complex Planned for Brightleaf ... About a Mile Away From Current Complex

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

In the latest installment of "Who Wants to Pay an Arm and a Leg to Live Downtown?" we present Solis Brightleaf Apartments.  Wait, doesn't Solis sound familiar? Yes. It does. That's because just more than a mile away from the proposed Solis Brightleaf is Solis Ninth Street, where you can pay up to $1,375 for a less-than-600-square-foot studio apartment. And, according to plans on the city of Durham's website, Solis Brightleaf would have similar floor plans.  The plans show roughly 200 residential units, a parking garage for 247 spaces and seven on-street spots on the 1000 block of West Main Street—where...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Says He's Winning, Polls Are Rigged

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Good morning, one and all. Well, unless you're a political scientist. You guys and gals should be ashamed of yourselves. I mean, how dare you conduct "phony" polls to keep Donald Trump from winning the White House. 1) Trump tells crowd he is, in fact, winning. Polls? He don't need your stinking polls: The Donald told a crowd in Florida yesterday that, get this, even the polls are "rigged" against him. From WRAL: Even as his path to the presidency narrows, a defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is "winning" and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling...

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Monday, October 24, 2016

RTI International Refutes IACP Claims of "Material Flaw" in Durham Police Studies

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 4:22 PM

On October 6, Mitchell Weinzetl, a hired consultant from the International Associations of Chiefs of Police, had no interest in sugarcoating it—he believed the racial disparity studies concerning the Durham Police Department had "material flaws."  At the time, that assertion, however, did not sit well with many members of the Durham City Council. Councilwoman Jillian Johnson questioned Weinzetl's assessment of the studies—a task conducted by the former chief of police of a small city in Minnesota for $91,323.  Weinzetl told Johnson and the rest of the council he "wasn't in a position to say [racially biased practices] aren't occurring," but instead...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Gets Booed by Charity Crowd

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Well, it's Friday. We made it. Of course, some of us—cough, cough, Donald Trump—had a tougher time getting here than others. Let's dive in: 1) Trump marks another first, gets heckled at Catholic charity event. Tradition? Throw it out the window. Who needs tradition when you can just wing it and, again, be a giant dick? That, apparently, was Donald Trump's mantra as he used a Catholic charity event as an opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton. Here is a tidbit, courtesy of CNN: "I wasn't really sure if Hillary was going to be here tonight because, I guess, you didn't...

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