If you’re not familiar with issues surrounding the production and distribution of the Durham CrimeStoppers’ Duke lacrosse “Wanted” poster, please refer to this Liestoppers.com post which contains a facsimile of the poster and links to posts published by KC Johnson, and others I published.
Also, please search my archives. Using entry term “wanted poster” returned 52 hits; “CrimeStoppers’ 52 “hits:” and “Russ” 28 “hits”
Now some thoughts on KC Johnson’s “More CrimeStoppers” post, with more thoughts to follow tomorrow and perhaps soon thereafter.
First, a “Thank you” to KC for getting more information out there and advancing the story. He’s pulled a lot of ways covering almost every aspect of the Hoax, but I hope he stays on the CrimeStoppers “Wanted” poster part of it.
We’ll learn so much about how the Hoax was developed and “sold” to the public if we, to paraphrase Deep Throat, “follow the posters.”
Regarding Durham Police Major Lee Russ’ recent presentation to the Durham CS board, KC reports board members Sue Wasiolek, Duke’s dean of students and Dan Hill, a Duke alum and Durham business and community leader, reported:
Russ said that to his best recollection, no blogger asked either him or DPD spokesperson Kammie Michael about who served on the CrimeStoppers’ board. (John in Carolina has said he [in] June 2006 did contact Russ about this issue.)I provide an account of my interview with Russ in this post which KC referenced. I hope you take a look at it.
I sent Russ a link to the post and a few days after that phoned him to make sure he felt I’d fairly represented what he said. He said I had, and he had no problem with anything in the post.
Is it possible Russ forgot I’d asked him about how to contact CS board members? Sure.
In any case I stand by everything I wrote in that post.
KC reports Wasiolek and Hill “reiterated that neither they nor any other member of the CS board ever made any attempt to hide their connection with the organization.”
That being the case, I’m doubly glad I never reported CS board members were attempting to “hide their connection.”
I did report that multiple VMs I left at the CS phone number (the same one for contact with Durham CS Coordinator DPD Corporal David Addison) were never returned and that my net searches failed to turn up a contact address for Durham CS’s board or the posting of any minutes or a CS meeting schedule.
I only learned of CS board members Wasiolek and DUPD director Robert Dean’s CS board membership through information provided by a JinC commenter, Cederford. I followed up immediately with Dean, who was CS board chair at the time the "Wanted" poster was produced. Dean promptly responded to questions I asked him. I reported his response to you here.
I’ve more questions for the CS board as I’m sure you do.
I’ll be putting a call in to the CS phone number again and leaving a contact email address. I’ll also ask DUPD’s director Dean a few other questions.
I’ll keep you posted on all of that.
A couple of other thoughts:
Will the CS board talk to Addison about what he did? I sure wish he’d been at the CS board meeting along with Russ.
When will the minutes of the latest CS board meeting be available to the public as I’m told they are supposed to be? Will CS post them on the net?
On the matter of Addison being described as “overzealous.”
A police officer can be overzealous but still be acting properly within the law. Say, for instance, an officer who reads a brief witness statement 100 times to see if there was any information in it that’s been overlooked.
The problem with what Addison, and now, according to Russ, DPD did with the production and distribution of the CS “Wanted” poster has little or nothing to do with overzealousness.
It has to do with the false claim an “horrific crime” had been committed at the Duke lacrosse March 13 party when the evidence DPD had a the time overwhelmingly indicated it hadn't. It has to do with claims innocent citizens were libeled.
Addison, Durham CS, DPD and Durham City should explain fully, publicly, and in written statements just what happened, why it happened and at whose behst it happened.
It's very disturbing to realize that a year after the CS "Wanted" poster's production and distribution, they've failed to do that.
I’ll post again on KC’s post tomorrow.
The CS “Wanted” poster story is really only in its first stages.