“As a matter of fact, I would just like to clear the record and let it be known that I had actually requested a third-party review even prior to the mayor asking for one,” [Durham Chief of Police Steve] Chalmers told reporters. “I felt that was probably the best alternative for us from the start.” WRAL
Durham Mayor Bill Bell called for an outside review following on May 11 police department report that found no wrongdoing by investigators in the case. Bell said the report lacked focus and left questions unanswered about the yearlong criminal investigation of rape and sexual assault charges filed against three former lacrosse athletes. WRAL
City Manager Patrick Baker had previously secured agreement for chiefs Darrel Stephens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg; Jim Fealy of High Point; and Pat Norris of Winston-Salem; and former Chapel Hill chief Gregg Jarvies to serve on the committee if appointed by the council. N&O
"We support any legitimate investigation that includes the review of all those involved in the Duke lacrosse case. A legitimate investigation based on the rule of law and procedural due process would certainly include the investigation of some of those who have called for the investigation.
Durham's police officers are highly trained professionals who risk their lives daily serving and protecting their citizens. Their input is valuable in finding the truth and solving the issues. Rank and file officers should not become scapegoats for the indiscretions and poor decisions of others who may be rethinking their own original actions." - John C. Midgette, executive director of the N.C. Police Benevolent Association