An open letter to Durham County North Carolina District Attorney Roger Echols
December 15, 2014
Re: Current Marches and Protests in Durham
The recent rulings by the Grand Juries from Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York have created mayhem throughout our great land. Durham has seen its fair share of such mayhem. We have had protests, marches, vandalism, arrests and highways & roads being blocked & shutdown to traffic. Emergency Services have had to be re-routed due to this nonsense. We have seen these folks disrupt shoppers at the Streets at Southpoint. They have terrorized people attending shows at the DPAC. Last week a truck driver was arrested, and subsequently released by a Durham County magistrate, and all because he was trying to do his job. This is going on its 3rd week now. It’s time to put a HARD STOP to it.
I will urge you to use everything in your power to send a STERN MESSAGE to these Rabble Rousers. You have, in your power, a procedure called “Prosecutorial Discretion” — Our federal leaders have used this term quite often in recent weeks. I urge you to use it.
These folks who have shut down public roadways need to be charged with “Kidnapping”, “False Imprisonment”, and every other major & minor infraction you can come up with. Hit them with everything right on down to ‘Jaywalking’.
Kidnapping??? False Imprisonment??? I know you’re thinking that is a little harsh, but with all due respect sir, that is exactly what they have done. With forethought, and with malice, the protesters planned to hold people against their will & their right to move freely.
According to North Carolina law, [N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-39] — “Any person who shall unlawfully confine, or restrain… any other person 16 years of age or over without the consent of such person, shall be guilty of kidnapping. If the person kidnapped was released in a safe place by the defendant and had not been seriously injured or sexually assaulted, the offense is kidnapping in the second degree and is punishable as a Class E felony.”
“The crime of false imprisonment, sometimes called criminal restraint or criminal confinement, occurs when one person unlawfully restrains someone else without the victim’s consent.”
Please Mr. Echols, step up and do what is right for the entire county of Durham. Don’t be influenced by a few hundred misguided young folks and the outsiders who are causing trouble here in Durham.
And in closing, I will urge you to peruse the ‘Comment Sections’ of local media — Stories on WTVD, WRAL, etc. You will find that the MAJORITY of the people of the Triangle Area are in agreement with the above stated sentiments that this NONSENSE needs to end.
And let us not forget about the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that was found on December 6th.
If you have protests in your local community, I will urge you to modify this letter and send it to YOUR DA too.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fifteenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fourteen.