N&O, this morning’s editorial: “Obscured in the hubbub following the dropped charges in the Duke lacrosse case has been the disappointing role played by the Durham Police Department. The department’s own procedures were swept off the table by a district attorney determined to prosecute what seemed to be a shaky case from the start . . . Chief Steve Chalmers now should offer an accounting of his department’s professional lapses; explain what, if any, discipline has been meted out; and detail what safeguards have been put in place to keep such lapses from occurring again. If Chalmers balks, his bosses, City Manager Patrick Baker and the City Council, should insist.”
AG’s office, this afternoon’s report: “The special prosecutors concluded that the process by which the accusing witness ultimately identified David Evans, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty as her attackers was of questionable validity . . . The photographic arrays shown to the accusing witness on four different occasions were limited to members of the lacrosse team. ‘Fillers,’ or individuals not regarded as potential suspects, as recommended by Durham Police Department policy for identifying suspects, were never included.”
I e-mailed Durham Police spokesperson Kammie Michael to ask if she had a comment on the N&O editorial and the statements in the special prosecutors’ report.
Her reply: “The Police Department has no comment.”