Friday, May 25, 2007

DPD: Internal Candidate to Replace Chalmers?

If any organization cries out for bringing in someone from the outside to clean house, it's the Durham Police Department.

Yet, as WRAL reports, the three finalists for the position include Chalmers' current deputy, Ron Hodge.

City Manager Patrick Baker said that Hodge and the other two finalists “meet the criteria and qualities I had in mind for the next chief, including having risen through the ranks at a similar size police department, holding positions that allowed them to develop strong field and management experience, combined with an appreciation for strong community relations.”

In other words: the DPD has gone through an ethical crisis of enormous proportions, yet dealing with such issues isn't among the chief criteria of the candidates to replace Chalmers? Remarkable.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the other candidate is ironically the deputy chief from Knoxville, where racist rapes and murders are also getting national media attention ...oops, or not.

Gary Packwood said...

Almost makes me want to re-think our historic commitment to local control of the police and perhaps even the schools.
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GP

Anonymous said...

I have just the person for the job, he is already Chief of Investigators, Linwood Wilson.

Anonymous said...

I have just the person to become the next Chief ot DPD. He is already Chief of Investigators, Linwood Wilson. After all this is DiW

Anonymous said...

Carolyn says:

I dunno, I just can't help thinking of some bunker in Berlin where a loony toon was choosing who was going to succeed him as head of the Reich. The Fuhrer had vanished for months but had finally emerged to decide which of his 3 loyal hencemen - Goering, Himmler or Goebbels - would succeed him. Of course, the idiots waving their hands in the air didn't seem to care that the Reich was now collapsing in flames with SS officers hanging Berliners from lamp posts.

Okay, okay, it's a little dramatic. But I dare you to argue that the loony tunes description doesn't fit. (Oh, yeah, and the part about the successors not giving a damn.)

Anonymous said...

Who's policing the cops?

Or another way of putting it, appropriate for the US today, is if everyone is a cop, then no one is...

Thanks, KC, for policing the cops. Someone has to have the courage to challenge the “authorities.” Even more the better when it rankles their Stalinist masters.

What you’re doing is important. You came along at the right time, under the right circumstances, and captured the attention of the right people. Keep up the good work; if the experiment in individual freedom known as the US is to prevail, it’s going to take people like you, unafraid of the Gulag of the Gang of 88 and their Durham “police” enforcers.

What you’re doing may be more important than you could ever imagine…

- Rick

Anonymous said...

im sure a GREAT replacement would be the head of security of LIBERTY UNIVESITY....a mighty whitey fair person

Anonymous said...

Law enforcement polices itself in private, under the cover of darkness and void of scrutiny. They call it internal affairs, meaning it's not your affair and none of your business, so move along or maybe you'll be considered a 'suspect'.

Well, the lights are fully on in this case and they are not going out soon, something Chalmers and the DPD haven't figured out yet. Business as usual. Move along, now.

Anonymous said...

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI must have some great excuses about why they haven't investigated the widespread Durham corruption and the civil rights violation committed against the innocent lacrosse players. A criminal investigation needs to be started now.

Gary Packwood said...

Rick 8: 41 said for KC

...What you're doing may be more important than you could ever imagine…
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Your comment caused me to think a little deeper about what future historians will say about these days and times.

Perhaps KC's work that we are talking about here will be the first of many books and studies about the academy and their host communities.

It is exciting to think that KC's future works may be read by and influenced by many intelligent and caring people sitting at home or in a coffee shop thinking a little deeper about freedom in America.
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GP

Anonymous said...

Jose Lopez, an assistant chief in Hartford Ct is also a candidate:
http://www.courant.com/news/local/hcu-final-lopez,0,4382035,print.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

Anonymous said...

This is a great web site/the articles and blogs are excellent. But I can't help but wonder:

1. Why the majority of concerns about Durham/Duke seem to be from outside of North Carolina?

2. The best blogger (KC Johnson) is from outside N Carolina.

3. While there are many exceptions, the majority of Duke students and Durham residents do not seem to care as much as they should.

4. The majority of N Carolina politicians do not seem to care.

5. Durham couldn't find a reasonable candidate to actually run against Nifong in the last election.

6. This story, done right, would be a virtual lock for a Pulitzer Prize--yet most of the local press didn't do much until out-of-staters lead the way.

7. Many have written that despite what Duke says, there has been some drop off in applications from certain segments of the country. I wonder if Duke really cares? Perhaps many of those students are just who Duke DOES NOT want anymore.

8. Can someone in the Durham area address some of these issues?

Anonymous said...

To 9:28

If it isn't a national security threat the FBI won't touch it and AG Gonzales is so mired in controversy and has lied so much to congress that he will be forced out of office in the next 3 months. Our Federal Government is asleep at the wheel. The only way anything will change is for the defendants to launch numerous civil suits and shamelessly use the MSM to their advantage. My guess is that Duke and Durham could not withstand a full out media assault like they inflicted on the lax team and the defendents. I would bet this will happen the day after the Fong is disbarred.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the federal government have a legal and constitutional obligation to investigate civil rights violations? Isn't there a legal group somewhere to make this legal challenge and force the sleepy feds to do their jobs?

Anonymous said...

10:55

Because of the surfeit of talented applicants, Duke won't suffer on paper too much. But you're right: Duke's AAAS dept is testimony to Duke's Negro-loving agenda.

And so it goes...

Anonymous said...

Not "Negro-loving", they're just afraid of the riots and trouble that the great unwashed masses of black people inevitably engage in when they don't get their way.
It's just a pain to endure their behavior when they don't get something they want for free that they haven't even come close to earning. This all has to stop.

Anonymous said...

I think someone needs to check his background. Maybe for an arrest in the 90's for assaulting his son

Anonymous said...

I think someone needs to check his background. Maybe for an arrest in the 90's for assaulting his son

I'm speaking of Ron Hodge.

Anonymous said...

Chalmers has an arrest record also, IIRC.

Ted in Durham said...

Of the three finalists, Hodge is the only african-american. Despite being an 'insider' in our decrepit, corrupt force in Derm, that fact will most likely get him the job, because that's the way this place works.

Anonymous said...

That is one of the comforts of this story - Neither the N#O or Herald Sun were nominated for a Pulitzer. For a good time, visit the library in Atlanta, that has the Margert Mitchell display.