I'm the Deputy Police ChiefWith a "Durham attitude"...It's the media's wrong "perception"Which "outsiders" misconstrued.-We're "impatient" with this coverageWe're all "tired" of this case.So the Lacrosse kids were railroaded ...Oops!Not our mistake!-Stop with all the questions!"Out in public" ... that's just RUDE!(But a year of public scourgingOf those Dukies ... we approve!)-To the citizens of Durham I'd say,"Don't pay them no mind!"The media doesn't understandIt's how we do things all the time.-Yes, indeed, our cops KNEW CrystalAnd we knew what Crystal "did."Why, the first Cop she encounteredEven asked about her "kids"!-So why ignore her historyAnd her wildly changing tales?Well, local politics needed DukiesHandcuffed and marched to jail!-Alibis annoyed us.Our reaction was severe.We arrested the best witness,Tried to flip Elmo with fear.-Witness intimidation?Hey! Elmo forgot his place!We'd never let inconvenient truthMess up a crimeless case!-If we don't like the things we hear,Our tactic is delay.We don't write notes immediately.Which might give our case away.-We wait until months later,When we can shape and obfuscate.And add those pretty details like -Watching Crystal "ambulate!"-We believe in creativityWhen necessity demands.Crystal's six failed ID effortsRequired a more "helpful" plan.-So with some ingenuityAnd no wrong answers to confuseWe set the cameras rollingAnd got indictments to pursue!!-So why this bellyaching?"On information and belief"The whole town wanted DukiesSwinging from the trees!!-The DPD came through for Nifong,Without questions or complaints.So, if you enjoyed our methods,Choose me ... I know the game.-Choose me! The loyal local!"Don't ask! Don't tell! Don't know!"And with my "Durham attitude" ...I'll keep the status quo!Joan Foster
Thursday, June 07, 2007
"What I know about the Duke lacrosse case and the need for us to rebuild in the community seems to be a perception that's portrayed by you guys in the media. ... I know that our citizens are tired of the Duke lacrosse case, our officers are not so much tired of the Duke lacrosse case, but are probably getting a little impatient with how it's being covered and played out in the media and probably more importantly how people are asking them questions about it out there in the public....[I don't] recall that the Durham Police Department has been involved in something where we made major mistakes in the past five years"
- Durham Deputy Police Chief Ron Hodges