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Free Carlos Riley Jr.!
  • Petitioned City of Durham, Durham Police Dept, State and Federal Prosecutors

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City of Durham, Durham Police Dept, State and Federal Prosecutors

Free Carlos Riley Jr.!

    1. Petition by

      Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley Jr.

To help bring awareness to racial profiling, unlawful arrest, covering up the wrong doings of police officers and violation of civil rights.

We do not know everything about what occurred when Officer Kelly Stewart approached Carlos Riley Jr. on December 18, 2012. Our understanding will undoubtedly increase as Carlos' lawyers investigate these incidents and obtain additional information from the police and prosecuting attorneys. But what we know so far has persuaded us that the following is true:

1. On December 18, at about 10 a.m., Carlos had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and had stopped to talk with an acquaintance. Without any lawful reason for doing so, Officer Stewart, who was driving an unmarked police vehicle and wearing civilian clothes, pulled up behind Carlos.

2. Carlos did not know that the person who came up behind him was a police officer and drove away, as he was legally entitled to do. Officer Stewart, without legal justification, chased Carlos and turned on the lights on his vehicle.

3. When Carlos saw the lights, he immediately stopped. Officer Stewart came up to the side of Carlos' car and wrongly accused him of smoking marijuana... Carlos denied smoking or having marijuana in the car.

4. Office Stewart then jumped into the car and began to choke and punch Carlos. Carlos could not breathe and struggled to free himself. Officer Stewart then threatened to kill him and began to draw his gun. Office Stewart shot himself in the leg.

5. Carlos feared that the next shot would be for him and was afraid that he would be killed. He grabbed the gun and pulled it away from the officer. He then helped the officer out of the car and fled to protect himself because he thought he would be shot and killed when other officers arrived at the scene.

6. Within a few hours Carlos voluntarily turned himself in to the Durham Police Department. He is now facing state and federal charges.

7. This situation developed because of the actions of Officer Stewart and the policies and practices of the Durham Police Department. Officer Stewart should never have stopped or chased Carlos, should not have jumped into his car, should not have punched or choked Carlos, and should not have drawn his gun. The Police Department is responsible because it does not properly train or supervise its officers and does not discipline officers who violate peoples' rights.. Instead, like many police departments across the country it engages in racial profiling and allows its officers to abuse people, particularly young African American men.

City of Durham, Durham Police Dept, State and Federal Prosecutors
Drop Federal & State Charges/ hold DPD Officer accountable for his actions!

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. statements

      I am an attorney and brother to Carlos Riley, Jr.'s grandmother. I have the taped statement of the officer.
      The officer stated he saw Carlos's car parked on the roadside. He did not know Carlos nor had any prior contact with him. Another person was talking to Carlos through the passanger side. The officer stopped his unmarked car behind Carlos. (He did not give any justification for his conduct) Carlos drove away. The officer stated Carlos sped off. The officer turned on his lights and Carlos stopped right away in a parking lot. Carlos provided ID. The officer stated the reason for the stop was for a traffic violation because Carlos drove off at excessive speed, no other reason. While Carlos attempted to get his registration the officer grabbed Carlos through the open drivers' door, Carlos' foot slipped from the clutch or brake and the car rolled forward. The officer entered the car and tried to cuff Carlos. He was behind Carlos. He lost his badge and cuffs in the car at that time.

    3. statements

      (In taking the statement the investigating officer did everything to protect the officer and failed to correctly get specifics and details of the incident.)
      From the discovery documents, Carlos had a busted lip and evidence of being hit about the face and head. Carlos slipped from the illegal chokehold.
      According to the statement, Carlos was outside the vehicle when the officer said I am going to shoot and pulled his gun. After the shot went off, the officer stated Carlos took hold of the gun, relased the magazine and ejected the bullet in the chamber while the officer still held the gun.

    4. Statement

      The officer then stated that Carlos said, I can't believe you tried to shoot me.
      Carlos helped the officer out of the car, placed him on the ground and left the scene. He surendered later.
      Evidence supports the above.
      Had Carlos stayed on the scene he likely would have been killed by responding police. Had he left the gun with the officer he likely would have been shot by the officer. In any case, he surrendered.
      Now he is charged with attacking a police officer, robbery of the gun, badge and handcuffs and facing 10 years on fedreal charges of felon in posession of a gun, the police officers gun he threw away. The federal charges are piled on because the local charges are weak.
      Walter Riley
      Attorney at Law

    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shamia Irving LAUREL, MD
      • 4 months ago

      Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. There's a generation that is being saturated with the message that their lives mean nothing. Something must be done.

    • Lesa McLane CONWAY, SC
      • 5 months ago

      When our citizens must be afraid of the police, where will it stop

    • Khadijah Lewis WINDSOR MILL, MD
      • 5 months ago

      After reading this article, I wholeheartedly agree with the statements outlined in #7. This is yet another tragedy wherein our sons are being targeted and nothing is being done about the perpetrators.

    • Shon McDaniel DURHAM, NC
      • 5 months ago

      The issue with Durham police needs to be addressed. I've been violated and harassed on numerous occassions by Durham police officers and I know I will be harrassed and/or violated by them in the future. I've witnessed them discharging weapons, taunting individuals, and speaking to me or others while on duty without probable cause. Some Durham police officers abuse their powers and use their abilities to intimidate rather than protect. If they are allowed to continue I fear the police here will get worse and more and more african americans will continue to be subjected to their prejudice and jealousy, which I feel Is the basis of their actions. If the Durham police were to seperate their personal lives from their professional lives they would be better police officers. If/when, until that happens I percieve Durham police officers to be enemies instead friends because I feel threatened whenever I come into contact with them!

    • Rudolf Lampe LONG BEACH, CA
      • 5 months ago

      I volunteered to serve my country in 2007. My mission was to train the Iraqi Army to protect justice rather than oppress. After countless unlawful detainments, humiliation, harassment and a good beating ...I realized that liberty in my own country is being oppressed.


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