1.) Some people interpreted my post yesterday as suggesting that the Durham CrimeStoppers was being secretive about its board. I hadn't intended to communicate that point, and apologize for doing so.
The Durham Police, on the other hand, have been needlessly secretive about the board, refusing to answer press and bloggers' questions about the board's composition, even though, of course, Cpl. David Addison was fully aware of the board's composition. Addison has refused for months to speak publicly about his actions.
Moreover, the DPD has refused to post the board's membership on the CS website hosted by the DPD, meaning that members of the community have no easy way to see the board's membership.
Dean Sue reiterated--and another board member privately confirmed to me last night--that there was and is no desire on the part of the CS board not to publicize its membership list.
2.) For understandable reasons, there remains a confusion between the "vigilante" poster--the one with 43 of the the players' photos on it, demanding they come forward, the highest-profile campus protest before the Group of 88 issued its statement saying "thank you" to protesters "for not waiting and for making yourselves heard"--and the CrimeStoppers poster, which appeared under DPD stationery in the Trinity Park neighborhood.
The former received much more attention, and blanketed the campus on March 29. I discussed its origins here.
The latter poster identified a house rented by the lacrosse captains as the scene of the crime, and then stated,
The victim was sodomized, raped, assaulted and robbed. This horrific crime sent shock waves throughout our community.Dean Sue said that she had seen the "vigilante" poster last spring, and had been assured by CrimeStoppers (correctly) that the organization had no connection to it. She had not seen the "horrific crime" item previously, and it appears most people on the board had not seen the item.
3.) Dean Sue reports that she has asked this matter be placed on the agenda for the next CS meeting, and that she is "completely motivated to make sure this is adequately addressed."