Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let’s jump in:
1) The Durham Police Department meets with residents to “discuss” Frank Clark shooting.
Less than a week after an officer (or officers) shot and killed a Durham man in McDougald Terrace, local residents, law enforcement and a member of the City Council converged on the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to talk about the incident. Well, except, that didn’t really happen. From the INDY:
It was five shots. Or was it four?
There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down?
He fired at officers. Or did a shot even ring out before bullets left the chamber of a Durham Police Department-issued gun?
Those who showed up to a community meeting at T.A. Grady Recreation Center this evening—a gathering designed to bring city police and residents of McDougald Terrance together in the aftermath of the fatal shooting, by the DPD, of Frank “Scooter Bug” Clark—did not get the answers to those questions.
What they did get, according to several attendees who spoke with us after the meeting, was a whole lot of nothing. Here’s what one man had to say:
“I believe that the Durham Police Department … has taken an opportunity to scratch our residents of Durham behind the ear. I feel like it was an opportunity to pretend that you care—to pretend that you were present. You did not listen. You gave speeches. … I was very offended,” he said. “If the city was listening, they would have heard, ‘Stop giving us the help that you want us to have and give us the help that we’re asking for.’ We are looked at by the sum of our worst mistakes by this police department.”
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2) Hundreds protest McCrory during latest “Moral Monday” event in Raleigh.
Looks like Pat is making some new friends by trying to act like he won an election he lost. From the N&O:
But the focus was on McCrory, who has not conceded in the close contest that has given Cooper a margin of about 9,700 votes. McCrory and other Republican officials have alleged potential voting irregularities across the state. They have homed in on Durham County, where the count of 94,000 votes was delayed on election night because of a computer malfunction, and Bladen County, where it appears volunteers helped people fill out ballots without disclosing they had done that.
McCrory has said he will not call for a statewide recount if a hand count of ballots in Durham is conducted.
“If you try to steal this election, we will have mass civil disobedience,” Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, told the enthusiastic crowd, referring to McCrory.
3) Cooper’s lead grows.
Speaking of the gubernatorial race—you know, the one that ended several weeks ago and one guy can let go of—some more encouraging news for Pat McCrory. Oh wait … it’s not good news for Pat at all. From the N&O:
Roy Cooper’s lead over Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday increased to 9,716 votes, nearly double what it was on Election Day.
The State Board of Elections posted the count on its website, which also indicated all but 13 counties have submitted final results to the state. McCrory is likely to close the gap somewhat, based on the voting trends of the outstanding counties.
The increasing gap is approaching the 10,000-vote cutoff point beyond which McCrory cannot demand a recount.
So close. We are so close to watching Pat slither back to Charlotte. Well … hopefully.
And on that note, bye for now.