While CrimeStoppers might be exempt from Open Meeting law requirements, it does have to report to the IRS. A reader noted, "
"All tax exempt entities have to file an informational tax return with the IRS (Form 990). It is a public document and the entity has to provide it to anyone who requests it."
Another reader sent me a copy of the Durham CrimeStoppers 2005 Form 990 (the 2006 version isn’t yet available). It contains a list of the organization’s officers and board of directors.
The chair is listed as DUPD director Bob Dean. The vice chair is Kent Fletcher, retired deputy chief of the Durham Police Department.
In 2005, the organization paid out $28,800 to witnesses.
There is no evidence that anyone on the board knew of Cpl. Addison’s potentially libelous “wanted” document before the corporal issued it last March: indeed, it seems all but certain that board members did not know of
The board does, however, oversee
To my knowledge, no one from the Duke administration has ever condemned either the “wanted” poster or the even more offensive “vigilante” poster produced by the potbangers (who combined
Dean Sue’s presence on the CrimeStoppers board raises disturbing questions about her conduct last spring. At the very least, given the potentially slanderous nature of
Hat tips: O.H., P.S., B.Y.