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Criminal Justice

Did Durham police chief say criminal defense lawyer deserved to be shot? City probes allegation

Sep 3, 2013, 12:06 pm CDT


I guess by that same line of reasoning, the police chief would be "involved in criminal activity" because he is police chief? I think he is casting to wide a net.

By B. McLeod on 2013 09 03, 12:18 pm CDT

Great news, you won't have to wait for the movie to find out if the attorney David Hall, or the complaining officer Winslow Forbes are black. Because I goggled their photos and found that they are. Without this piece of information, this story makes little sense. Seems like every story here requires additional research to figure out the basic facts. Hide-the-ball at its finest.

By Santana on 2013 09 03, 1:39 pm CDT

@2: I think you should write the ABA journal editorial department and let them know that it's far more efficient to just put racial stereotypes out there so people don't have to do any of their own investigation in order to reach a conclusion about who is at fault in stories like this.

By a new low on 2013 09 03, 1:49 pm CDT

It's not about racial stereotypes silly. It's the fact that you can't tell if the police chief's racial bias complaint is directly related to the comment about the lawyer being shot and/or if it relates to him personally or none of the two. The story should have said "a black lawyer injured in a shooting" to make sense of what followed; and should have said that the racial bias complaint filed by the chief included this incident among others complained of because the chief is personally complaining of racial bias in the force. Those are legitimate and necessary facts to understand what happened.

But don't let me offend your pretense that you're too evolved to need to know the race of the people involved in a story about race. Needing to know the facts is not about needing to know whose at "fault" as your own biased thinking suggests. It's figuring out what the allegations are.

By Santana on 2013 09 03, 2:06 pm CDT

One problem with the racial stereotype argument w/r/t the attorney is that police are generally about as fond of attorneys as most doctors--regardless of race. Of course Hall could argue the Chief was going for a "two-fer" in this case.

By BMF on 2013 09 03, 4:47 pm CDT

hey mccloud it's "too".

By zekethewonderdog on 2013 09 03, 9:35 pm CDT

Right, right. "Too" wide a net.

By B. McLeod on 2013 09 04, 1:00 am CDT

Ironically, if the lawyer publicly made the same comment about the police chief, he'd probably be charged with making a terrorist threat.

By Tyrone on 2013 09 04, 5:52 am CDT

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