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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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Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

An email sent from a local attorney to members of the Durham City Council this morning notes that Master Officer C.S. Barkley, the man who fired the shots that killed thirty-four-year-old Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark last week in McDougald Terrace, has been accused of use of excessive force on numerous occasions. From Ian Mance, a staff attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice: It is also worth noting that Mance is not the only person to claim that Barkley has a history of less-than-professional interactions with city residents. Several people interviewed by the INDY have made similar claims—from some who allege...

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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

U.S. District Court Orders Legislative Maps Redrawn, Special Elections Next Year

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:09 PM

A three-judge panel on the  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has unanimously ordered the North Carolina legislature to redraw legislative maps by March, hold a special primary in late August or early September, and hold a special general election in early November. The Middle District found the districts unconstitutional in August, but because of the timing of that order being given right before the election, allowed the election to proceed with districts it had found unconstitutional. "This Court’s order finding the current districts unconstitutional was entered on August 15, 2016, and the State has already had...

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Read the McCrory Administration's HB 2 Emails

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 3:43 PM

In October, we sued the McCrory administration for public records we've requested this year. Last week, the McCrory administration complied with three of our outstanding requests: the Governor and his chief of staff's HB 2 and Charlotte Ordinance emails through March 25, the administration's emails concerning the Myths vs. Facts press release that was blasted out on official government social media channels including the Department of Environmental Quality, and correspondence the administration had with news networks after the HB 2 controversy. We're still waiting on answers to our other four requests, including emails from around the time state epidemiologist Megan Davies resigned,...

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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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The Morning Roundup: Leftovers Edition

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Good morning, hope you had a good holiday. 1. Governors' race update. The North Carolina State Board of Elections held another emergency Sunday meeting. From the N&O: The State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting by phone on Sunday afternoon to consider a request for an expedited appeal of ballot tabulation concerns that the Durham County elections board had rejected. The meeting was called after McCrory’s campaign sent out a news release Saturday night proposing that deal, but that proposal wasn’t on the agenda. Board members briefly discussed news accounts of the McCrory offer, but were informed by legal...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Read the Explanation of HB 2 Governor McCrory Needed Two Days After He Signed It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 1:57 PM

We sued the McCrory administration in October for public records we've requested that have gone ignored and unanswered. A few days ago, the administration started sending us part of the requests related to that lawsuit, including the governor’s emails about HB 2. One of those emails shows that Governor McCrory was still being advised on what he signed two days after the fact by a key legislator involved in the bill. On March 23, McCrory signed HB 2, which had been rammed through earlier that day. In the early hours of March 25, state representative and HB 2 sponsor...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wake County Commissioners Clash Over Timing of Affordable Housing Vote

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:10 PM

An affordable housing vote in Wake County was pushed back a couple of weeks, and the commissioner leading the charge is not happy. On Monday, the Wake County Commission took up a vote approving rules of procedure and appointing twenty-nine people (selected by staff) to a steering committee on affordable housing, an important early step in the process of constructing an affordable housing plan for the county. Notable suggested members of the committee include nonprofit housing developer Gregg Warren, Raleigh housing director Larry Jarvis, Wake County Housing Authority CEO Burnetta Smith, former Wake County Superior Court judge Howard Manning, and...

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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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Governor McCrory Formally Asks for a Recount

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a request with the State Board of Elections asking for a recount, the same day the board met in Raleigh to provide guidance to counties on the rash of Republican-backed election protests and told the counties to keep counting votes despite those ongoing protests. A written order is coming later today to clarify the full directions offered by the state board. With news of the recount, it's all but certain that we won't have a certified winner of the election until next month—at the earliest. During the meeting, Secretary Rhonda Amoroso, a Wilmington Republican, also...

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Breaking: Police-Involved Shooting at Durham’s McDougald Terrace

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:56 PM

At 1:02 p.m., the Durham Police Department confirmed an officer-involved shooting that happened in McDougald Terrace at twelve thirty. While the police haven’t yet released any details, the INDY’s Ken Fine, who is on the scene, has been told by eyewitnesses that the perpetrator—believed to be a thirty-three- or thirty-four-year-old African-American man (whose identity has not yet been confirmed)—was fleeing from police when he turned and fired a shot. An officer, the witnesses say, was shot in the leg. (Update: The police say there was a gunshot and an officer sustained a leg injury, but no officer was shot.) Another...

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Duke University Hires Anti-Union Law Firm in Effort to Squash Graduate Student Union Plan

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:07 PM

After the National Labor Relations Board decision in August to recognize graduate students as legitimate employees, Duke graduate students announced their intention to form a union. "As graduate student workers, we know that our job conditions directly determine the learning conditions of our students and the quality of our research," a group of students wrote in a Duke Chronicle op-ed in September. "Healthy, stable, and financially secure graduate students are better able to teach and mentor undergraduates and to conduct research, vastly improving our educational environment." But Duke, it seems, isn't letting this happen without a fight. On Monday morning,...

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Go Home, Pat

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. Roy Cooper's lead grows, McCrory delays the inevitable. After losing protests to Republican-controlled county boards of election around the state, the McCrory campaign, on Friday, took its plea to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which in turned held an emergency teleconference late Sunday afternoon. From the N&O: The State Board of Elections on Sunday rejected a request from Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign to take over election protest reviews, instead setting a 10 a.m. Tuesday meeting to set guidelines for counties to address the complaints. [...] The election complaints...

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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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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Election Concerns Continue with Second Hearing Scheduled Friday in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 5:15 PM

The concerns about Election Day vote totals continues as the Durham County Board of Elections split down party lines to approve holding an evidentiary hearing on Friday, as part of the ongoing saga of the “sudden emergence of 90,000 ballots.” Actually, it’s 94,159.  Let’s backup—because everyone is counting, it seems. The votes in question were from five early voting locations as well as one Election Day precinct. When the county went to upload the vote totals from the card in the tabulation machine, an error occurred, making it necessary to use the paper results tape that is signed off...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Once Again, Election Results in Durham County Become Center of Attention

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Elections aren't simple. If you've ever been in the room when election results are being tabulated, you know that there is a lot going on at one time. And if you were in the Durham County Board of Elections office on November 8, you know that was the case. But, let's talk about what happened for a second—technical failures. So far, there has been no evidence of someone purposely tampering with the results (or possibly losing a tote, but that's another story). Over the weekend, the county sent out an extremely detailed press release going through what happened on Tuesday, from...

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The Morning Roundup: Report Claims Charlotte Cops Shot Scott in Back

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM

It's the one-week anniversary of the apocalypse and we're still here. Let's mark that achievement with a quick look at the headlines, shall we? 1) President Obama tries to calm NATO, Europe down. It's a tall order, having to explain to world leaders what to expect from a Donald Trump White House. But President Barack Obama is overseas doing just that. From CNN: "In my conversation with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said. "And so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and...

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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Names White Supremacist as Chief Adviser

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Good morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. Donald Trump immediately made a virulent racist his #2 advisor in the White House. President-elect Donald Trump — take that in, ruminate, get angry about it and do something — has made his first two picks for his administration public; RNC chairman Reince Priebus for chief of staff, and Breitbart CEO and Steve Bannon for "chief strategist and senior counselor." Here are some headlines and excerpts from pieces that have run on Breitbart under Bannon's tenure: Why Equality and Diversity Departments Should Only Hire Rich, Straight White Men: When you allow...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Durham Police Are Mostly OK with You and Your Friends Burning a J

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

The Durham City Council has been vocal in recent months about misdemeanor marijuana offenses, especially after multiple community groups including the FADE Coalition called for them to take action and deprioritize the enforcement of such crimes. It’s the right step forward. It’s a necessary step forward. And Durham’s chief of police says that while it was a general practice before, officers will now be required to issue citations for misdemeanor marijuana offenses. “This is something that we’re supporting wholeheartedly to give people the opportunity to stay out of the criminal justice system,” police chief C.J. Davis told the council...

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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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