In the face of a massive Civil Rights Lawsuit against the City of Durham and it's Police Department, the PD reacted by promoting one of the defendants from Corporal to Sergant as it was revealed in the Durham Herald-Sun.
Maxwell, a past president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, is representing newly promoted Durham police Sgt. David Addison in the federal litigation. Addison is accused of conspiring to wrongfully prosecute Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans. Herald-SunSergant Addison's actions at the start of this Hoax incited the community with false & inflammatory accusations that rapists are loose in Trinity Park. His Public Relations campaign ignited a firestorm of public outcry. The reaction of which is in one of our articles.
On March 24 curious news of the Duke Rape Hoax was released to the media. Cpl Addison appeared on WRAL-TV. He also gave interviews to both the Raleigh News & Observer and the Herald-Sun, spreading the accusations and the false claim of the "wall of solidarity" or "wall of silence." Many of his quotes, as reported, were false and inflammatory.
The lurid details of the assault were a shock to the community, especially to the residents of Trinity Park, where the captains lived at 610 N. Buchanan. A 27 year old Black mother of two and NCCU student was brutally beaten and raped vaginally, anally, and orally for 30 minutes by three white lacrosse players in their midst. The police were reporting the rape as an absolute fact. To make the accusation worse, it was claimed that 43 other players stood by and did nothing to stop it. The extraordinary act of Judge Stephens ordering the entire Duke lacrosse team to submit to 46 separate DNA tests, leaving out the one Black player, gave additional credence to these serious allegations.
The false idea that the team was hiding behind a wall of silence was honestly troubling to many in the community. It caused considerable damage to the team’s credibility. Residents just couldn't reconcile the fact that the players might have been falsely accused with what they were hearing about the brutal nature of the assault from the police. “The lacrosse team refused to cooperate,” so therefore, they must be hiding something, was the conclusion of many. At the same time, the media was bolstering the image of the “victim.” The police knew full well the accuser worked for an escort service, and that the responding officer thought the accuser was" passed out drunk." She had herself admitted her inebriation and her use of the muscle relaxant Flexeril (the night of the party) to the doctors at UNC. Unlike the police, at that time the public did not know of the dancers' conflicting stories, a recantation, or the accuser's long psychological history. Nor did the public know of the prior criminal records of both dancers, or the identity of the person who made the 911 calls. The public did not know, but the police certainly did. Recently we learned that at the same time the candlelight vigils were being held, the accuser was performing her regular stripper routine and signing in clients to the VIP room at the Platinum Club.
From the "Wall of Silence" to Community Uproar to a National Story
John in Carolina has a well documented series regarding Addison's actions.
"On March 28, he even distributed to media and the community a CrimeStoppers "Wanted" poster that included this:
”The Duke Lacrosse Team was hosting a party at the residence. The victim was sodomized, raped, assaulted and robbed. This horrific crime sent shock waves throughout our community.”
But Addison’s “horrific crime” never happened, and there was no wall of solidarity or silence"to crack. John In Carolina
Read John's entire series.
“Addison Series #1" - "This horrific crime”
"Addison Series #2" - "CrimeStoppers will pay cash"
"Addison Series #3" - "Not my poster"
“Addison Series #4 – “They call it ‘squeezing.’”
"Addison Series #5 - "Major Duke Involvement"
The City has apparently taken a circle the wagons approach to defending against the Civil Lawsuit. One wonders what does it take to make Deputy Chief in Durham?