Skip to comments.NCCU sophomore mistakenly jailed for 'doing the right thing'
Posted on 02/28/2014 10:39:54 AM PST by Altariel
DURHAM, N.C. A 20-year-old sophomore communications major at North Carolina Central University, Lewis James Little sat in the Durham County jail for a month last year after he did what he says he thought was the right thing.
He and several friends had been visiting the home of a childhood friend on Melbourne Street in east Durham on the night of June 21, 2013, when, he says, they discovered 25-year-old Michael Lee dead in the middle of the road.
"I called the police when none of the other guys were even thinking about it trying to do the right thing, and it pretty much started from there," Lewis said.
Twenty minutes after officers arrived, he was handcuffed and later jailed under a $1.425 million bond on burglary, kidnapping and several other criminal charges in connection with a break-in at a nearby home.
Little had been wrongly accused, and even though the case was dismissed, the damage was already done. Since then, he says, he has had issues finding both housing and employment.
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The Police will buy him a nice house.
Often the right thing these days is to not talk to the cops
Rule #1: If you live in Durham, NC - move
Rule #2: Don’t ignore Rule #1
Unless you want to become an immediate suspect, interrogated, threatened, and, potentially physically attacked..........I would agree with you.
He is a black man in dreadlocks - picture at site.
1. NEVER involve police.
2. NEVER involve lawyers.
You are a sophomore in college!
Housing = dorm room
Employment = going to class
Crystal Magnum - of Duke LAX fame - enrolled as a full-time student at the same NCCU in 2004. The Duke LAX incident happened in March of 2006.
Ms. Magnum, who is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for second-degree murder, was studying “police psychology” at NCCU.
Not all college students live in the dorms and many work full or part time.
This will affect future post graduation employment as well.
The lesson seems to be: “get in the system, even falsely, and it’ll haunt you for life.
There is no mention in the story of what exactly made the police and prosecutor there in North Carolina suspicious of Lewis James Little.
Maybe he was acting is a suspicious manner or somehow indicated with did commit a crime worthy of a $1.425 million bond.
So, apparently he chose to look the part of an individual likely to be dangerous. Even without the unwarranted arrest he might still be having difficulty finding work or housing due to a threatening appearance.
I'm not saying it is right or OK, but it is the way the real world works.
He looks innocent to me.
I would expand that to the entire state. What a corrupt swamp!
Get a hair cut and you will have more luck finding a job.
Then I went to the site and looked at his picture. I had visualized the crazy-around-the-edges dreadlock look. This kid doesn’t look dangerous. Never mind!
That’s not the same hairdo he has in the article, unless it’s an older photo.
That would make it a “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation, because if you talk to them at all, you’re setting yourself up for all sorts of accusations. Videos have been posted here about why you should never, ever talk to a policeman.
The short version of that is, they’ll tell you they can and will use anything you say against you in court, but what they don’t tell you is if you exonerate yourself, they can’t use that because it would be hearsay. It’s an insane imbalance of power, and the only way out is to refuse to answer any questions and let the chips fall where they may.
Another imbalance: They can lie to you through their teeth, but if you say something that doesn’t jibe 100% with everything else you’ve said, then you will be labeled a liar, and face charges of obstructing an investigation.
Little people cannot converse with police. Period. “Yes Sir.” “No Sir.” “Have a nice day.” That’s it. (If you tell them to have a rotten day, you will be arrested for threatening an officer, so don’t.)