Remember Raleigh N&O new columnist Ruth Sheehan’s “Team’s Silence Is Sickening” column which began:
Members of the Duke men's lacrosse team: You know.Well, a JinC Regular, Locomotive Breath, has parodied Sheehan’s column after reading the "Attorney Alex Charns Interview" post in which Charns noted Durham City’s more than year-long “silence” in the face of investigative travesties by DPD officers and their supervisors has put the city in the worst possible position as it faces legal action by Duke students who are victims of those travesties.
We know you know
If you haven't read Sheehan's column recently, you may want to. It will add to the fun of reading LB's parody.
Here’s LB’s parody: “Durham’s Silence Is Sickening.”
Employees of the Durham City Government: You know.
We know you know.
Whatever happened in the Courthouse and City Hall gone terribly bad, you know who was involved. Every one of you does.
And one of you needs to come forward and tell the public.
Do not be afraid of retribution from the insurance company. Do not be persuaded that somehow this "happened" to one or more "good guys."
Since what the lax team says is true -- that civil rights were denied, trampled on, hidden and buried -- the employees responsible are not "good."
This seems an elementary statement, I know.
But I can see loyal government employees sitting around convincing themselves that it would be disloyal to turn on their fellow employees -- why, the employees who were involved were just a little "over the top." In real life, they're funny. They ignore their work for months to be with their mothers. They share investigation notes with co-workers. They sing gospel.
On this case, they were just a little too power mad, a little too "worked up." It was a scene straight out of "L.A. Confidential" by James Ellroy. Indicative of the times.
The courtroom death threats slung at the defendants, who were lacrosse players? Those were just ... jokes. Ditto for the ugly remarks overheard in the DA's office: "We're f**ked." Har, har.
After all, these people are not just employees, but trusted professionals. The municipal dream.
And the police? They were... just doing their job, for Pete's sake.
I can see the city going down this path, justifying its silence. And it makes me sick.
Because, of all the occupational hazards that must come with government service, one of them should be personal responsibility. And no, trolling on the internet for MILF doesn't make it better.
Unfortunately, because the people are employees at such a fine municipality, there is a tendency to presume that this was an aberration. That these employees are "good guys."
I see it in the references to the "Serpico" atmosphere allowed to flourish at the police station.
I sense it in the "dismay" expressed by Mayor Bell over the "situation" -- the hiring of C. Destine Couch and the (shocking!) serving of NTOs to an entire lacrosse team.
But NTOs are one thing. The implication that this event, is somehow just a normal case that "got out of hand" is just plain wrong.
Railroading is not part of a spectrum of professional duty, the regrettable end game when publicity and votes are ignited by a larger pension and fanned into flames with the activists’ permission.
No. Railroading is a crime. A very serious one.
Those who commit it are criminals, not "good guys."
I don't know what happened in that Courthouse, and in that DA's office, over in Durham. Ultimately, that will be a matter for the Federal courts to decide. But who was in that cabal is something the public needs to know. Now.
They shouldn't have to wait for the Whichard Committee to be restarted.
Every employee of the Durham Courthouse and City Hall knows who was involved.
Until the city employees come forward with that information, forfeiting a false rape prosecution isn't enough.
Shut down the city.
Thank you, Locomotive Breath