Help protect the kids
Many of us are still reeling from the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. And many of us want to do something, but don’t know where to go or how to help. If you’re interested in demanding common-sense gun legislation, watch my interview with Jessica Hulick from Moms Demand Action.
Elected Officials Meeting
Moms Demand Action (Durham chapter) will hold an Elected Officials Meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 6:30pm, in the Temple Building (302 W Main St). Express your concerns about gun violence with local elected officials and work to take action or to at least formulate a plan for common-sense gun reforms. Confirmed officials will include State Senator Floyd McKissick, State Representative Mary Ann Black, State Representative Marcia Morey, Durham City Councilman Charlie Reece, and Durham City Councilwoman Jillian Johnson.
Civilian Police Review Board vacancies
Anyone interested in serving on the City of Durham’s Civilian Police Review Board is encouraged to help fill the five vacancies by filing an application by the Monday, March 26, 5pm deadline. The board hears appeals of complaints filed by Durham residents about certain police actions. So if an investigation into the matter by the Durham Police doesn’t satisfy the complainant, he or she can ask the board to look into whether the investigation was carried out correctly. The board members look at the written evidence (submitted by both the resident and the police) and decide whether a hearing needs to be held. (And then the board’s findings are turned over to the city manager for his decision.)
Applicants to the Civilian Police Review Board must meet three criteria:
Click here for more info and to download an application; contact the chairman, DeWarren K Langley, at email@example.com or 919-423-8089 if you have more questions.
Alert: New phone scam
Some bad guys out there are posing as Durham Police Department officers and scamming local residents. They are calling people and demanding payments for warrants or unpaid fines. What should send up a red flag is the fact that these “officers” are directing people to send the payments to an account. That’s not how the system works, but not everyone knows this. A phone number starting with the familiar “560” fools people, but the criminals are simply using spoofing software to make you think you’re getting a call from the police (or other City of Durham personnel). If you receive a phone call like this, just hang up. No one from the City should ever be calling residents asking for personal information or demanding payments. But if you have information that could lead to an arrest, please contact the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit at 919-560-4440.
Durham City Council meetings
A Special City Council Meeting will be held on Friday, February 9, 2–5pm. One item to be discussed will be determining the qualifications of prospective public officers or employees according to NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6).
Advanced Planning Documents seminar
North Carolina Central University’s Virtual Justice Project will offer a free seminar on Advanced Planning Documents: Durable and Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills on Wednesday, February 21, 6–7pm, at the NCCU School of Law (640 Nelson St). Learn how to methodically build wealth. Click here to see upcoming seminars. A separate Powers of Attorney seminar will be offered on Wednesday, March 7, 6pm.
You Can Vote Kickoff
The You Can Vote 2018 Kickoff will be held on Saturday, February 24, 10:30am–12:30pm, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (4907 Garrett Rd). Get instruction on volunteering to register people to vote—learn how to engage people in conversation, discuss what’s on the ballot, and motivate them to cast their ballots. Free admission; click here to RSVP and visit the Facebook event page for more info. This event is cosponsored by You Can Vote, the League of Women Voters of NC, and Democracy NC.
Durham Police 3rd-quarter report
The Durham Police Department released its 2017 Third-Quarter Report on November 20. Read it below:
Mobile Justice smartphone app
There’s a new smartphone app called Mobile Justice NC that you can use to monitor and record police actions. We have the right to film the police, but always have your safety in mind when doing so. If an officer says that you’re in the way and tells you to get back, that might not the time to stand your ground and to tell him or her that you’re acting within your rights. Learn how to use the zoom-in feature so you can step out of the way and continue filming.
If you’re an activist or member of the media, download this free app and get familiar with Mobile Justice NC’s four features now (as opposed to during the heat of a protest or police action):
Click here to watch a short but in-depth explainer on how the app works:
(O clique aquí para más information sobre el app Justícia Móvil en español.)
Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form
You can make a formal complaint online by filling out the blanks of this form and sending it in. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Citizen’s Complaint Form.
Durham Police Department Commendation Form
You can also single out an officer who went out of his or her way to be helpful/come to your aid. Click here for instructions and to fill out the Durham Police Department Commendation Form.
Mike Meno, communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s North Carolina office, was a recent guest on TV Skywriter. Learn more about the ACLU work at www.acluofnc.org.
City of Durham Police Satisfaction Survey
The City of Durham released its Police Satisfaction Survey in August of last year. Read it below:
NC Lawyer Referral Service
The North Carolina Bar Association can help you find an attorney to represent you. Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) attorneys can’t charge more than $50 for initial consultation meetings of up to 30 minutes. None are able to take clients on a pro bono (free) basis. Visit ncfindalawyer.org or call 800-662-7660 (or 919-677-8574 if you’re out of state).
Crime victims and survivors often feel like they’re sitting on pins and needles while waiting to hear about upcoming trials and to get news on the status of perpetrators. NC SAVAN (North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) is set up to keep them informed. A 24-hour, toll-free telephone number, 877-627-2826, is available for learning about an offender’s status and about victim-assistance resources. You can also call that number to register for the automated victim notification service. Once you’re registered, you can choose whether to get updates via automated telephone messages or emails; you can also download an app for your smart phone. Notifications can be delivered in English or Spanish, or you can have them translated into one of more than 100 available languages.
Click here to register for NC SAVAN or to search for offender information.
Durham Police Department info