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NCCU sophomore mistakenly jailed for 'doing the right thing'
WRAL ^ | February 26, 2014 | WRAL Staff

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.

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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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1 posted on 02/28/2014 10:39:54 AM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel

The Police will buy him a nice house.


2 posted on 02/28/2014 10:43:42 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Dan(9698)

...meaning taxpayers.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 10:45:26 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Altariel

Often the right thing these days is to not talk to the cops


4 posted on 02/28/2014 10:45:27 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Altariel

Rule #1: If you live in Durham, NC - move

Rule #2: Don’t ignore Rule #1


5 posted on 02/28/2014 10:45:29 AM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: GeronL

Unless you want to become an immediate suspect, interrogated, threatened, and, potentially physically attacked..........I would agree with you.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 10:47:25 AM PST by FAA
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To: Altariel

He is a black man in dreadlocks - picture at site.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 10:48:28 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Altariel

1. NEVER involve police.
2. NEVER involve lawyers.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 10:50:49 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Altariel
Since then, he says, he has had issues finding both housing and employment.

????????

You are a sophomore in college!

Housing = dorm room

Employment = going to class

9 posted on 02/28/2014 10:51:39 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Altariel

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.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 10:52:16 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: 2banana

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.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 10:53:36 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

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.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 10:54:10 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Dan(9698)
SURELY the Great Leader will look into this?

was the accused..."of color" by any chance?


13 posted on 02/28/2014 10:54:25 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: proxy_user
He is a black man in dreadlocks - picture at site.

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.

14 posted on 02/28/2014 10:54:50 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Altariel

http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2014/02/one-month-slave-case-of-lewis-little.html

He looks innocent to me.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 10:58:14 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: nesnah

I would expand that to the entire state. What a corrupt swamp!


16 posted on 02/28/2014 10:58:27 AM PST by 556x45
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To: Altariel
Since then, he says, he has had issues finding both housing and employment.

Get a hair cut and you will have more luck finding a job.

17 posted on 02/28/2014 10:58:52 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: JimRed

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!


18 posted on 02/28/2014 10:59:34 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

That’s not the same hairdo he has in the article, unless it’s an older photo.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 11:01:13 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: FAA

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.)


20 posted on 02/28/2014 11:02:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: JimRed

I’m a little surprised at the comments here. The kid clearly did the right thing. AND, after having had that experience, the only negative comment he has is about the consequences — of the people who wrongly accused him and jailed him for a month he says “You can assume a lot just from looking at my face and dreads. I was in basketball shorts and flip flops,” Little said. “Something like that happening to them – I can kind of understand that maybe they would jump to conclusions.”

He hasn’t sued anybody or cried racism or done anything else at all negative or ugly.

I know a lot of people of all races, who are a lot older than this guy, who would have been way way angrier and less rational. I think the kid is a gentleman. In the end, that’ll be enough.

Plus now, if somebody googles him, at least they’ll come up with this story too. That’ll help.

There’s no reason for anybody to be saying anything about this young man that’s not a compliment.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 11:03:19 AM PST by JOHN ADAMS
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To: JimRed

That is how he looked at the time of his arrest. The photo in the article is how he looks now, when he is being presented to the press.


22 posted on 02/28/2014 11:05:19 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: dennisw

Gasp! He looks terrifying! Jeez, just looks like a nice normal young man.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 11:08:19 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BuffaloJack

1. NEVER involve police.
2. NEVER involve lawyers.
3. If you ignore rule 1 and involve police, ALWAYS involve lawyers.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 11:09:32 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: andyk

Read down... he is an engineering student. He has dreadlocks but but this doesn’t mean much these days. I have met non-angry black guys with them and he looks like one


25 posted on 02/28/2014 11:12:13 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: JOHN ADAMS
He hasn’t sued anybody or cried racism or done anything else at all negative or ugly.

He hasn't sued anybody or cried racism yet.

Maybe he never will, but he sure seems to be getting prepped as the new racism poster boy. His 3 week incarceration occurred last June. Why is he getting shopped around to all of the news outlets now?

26 posted on 02/28/2014 11:16:20 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Cyber Liberty
A more successful option would be for Little to get his record expunged, and while he is considering the option, Little says he doesn't think the burden should be on him to clear his name.

and getting a record expunged is expensive... especially for a young guy without a job...

27 posted on 02/28/2014 11:21:33 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: 2banana
Housing = dorm room

expensive...

28 posted on 02/28/2014 11:22:29 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Oliviaforever

then you didn’t read the story.
“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.

“You can do good your whole life and like that, (you’re in jail under) a million-dollar bond,” he said. “It was kind of like a dream. I kept waking up, like, ‘I can’t believe I’m in here.’ I kind of felt defeated.”

Then, on July 15, a corrections officer told him he was free to go. The Durham prosecutor working the case dropped the charges and apologized to Little.

A witness in the home invasion had identified Little as one of three men who broke in, but statements to police called into question that identification, authorities say.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 11:22:31 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: JOHN ADAMS
I’m a little surprised at the comments here.

sadly, i am a little surprised that you are a little surprised at the comments here... :(

30 posted on 02/28/2014 11:24:21 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: JimRed

See the background? Mug shot. He’s dazed. Probably something like shock. At least you bothered to look. Many don’g really care to know the truth when a picture can fill in their pre conceived notions.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 11:25:00 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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32 posted on 02/28/2014 11:25:50 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Altariel

Why is it that in the US potential employers can find out whether or not you have been arrested? In the UK, you only have to disclose your dealings with the law if you’ve either accepted a police caution (i.e. owned up to an offence) or been convicted by a magistrate or a jury. Merely being arrested isn’t good enough. How is it even constitutional to be punished for a crime for which you haven’t even been charged, never mind convicted?


33 posted on 02/28/2014 11:25:58 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: JOHN ADAMS
"The District Attorney who presided over his case apologized for the inconvenience".

He hasn’t sued anybody or cried racism or done anything else at all negative or ugly

I'm not big on suing or crying racism - but in this case, he might have a justifiable claim for both.

34 posted on 02/28/2014 11:27:35 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: Dan(9698)

The silver lining is that all the cops were safe.


35 posted on 02/28/2014 11:27:42 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Steely Tom

It’s Mangum, not Magnum!


36 posted on 02/28/2014 11:34:25 AM PST by eastforker (Cruz for steam in 2016)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Because he’s fighting the fire with fire, duh. Prospective employers googling his name will now find at least one corrective article from the venue it occurred in.

My guess is he’s taking steps to “fix the internet”. By contacting various new organizations that have published articles on him and asking them to add an update or correction on the story on their news sites.

It’s probably much cheaper than hiring a lawyer to get the record expunged which wouldn’t fix the internet problem anyway.

I wish him well.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 11:36:00 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: latina4dubya

I don’t think your post was meant for me...


38 posted on 02/28/2014 11:38:11 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Dan(9698)

Were you to actually read the article, you would find that the kid has no redress against the police.

What he would actually like to do is have the police expunge his record. Not so easy, that will be on his dime too.

He also lost a semester of class sitting in jail for a month. How would you like it if he were your son?


39 posted on 02/28/2014 11:47:04 AM PST by zek157
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To: Oliviaforever

Really Olivia??


40 posted on 02/28/2014 11:47:30 AM PST by zek157
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To: eastforker
It’s Mangum, not Magnum!

Thanks for the correction.

41 posted on 02/28/2014 11:47:41 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: JOHN ADAMS

People are ugly John...


42 posted on 02/28/2014 11:48:00 AM PST by zek157
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To: JOHN ADAMS
I'm very surprised at the comments here, and ashamed. How is this a forum about liberty and limited government when posters are commenting that a three week incarceration is justified on the basis of somebody's appearance? Or is our freedom only to extend so far that anyone can dress or groom however he wants, as long as it's "respectable" under some "authority's" definition.

Phooey. That aint liberty.

Everything I read in this article is that this is a very patient and classy individual. He hasn't been screaming racism or racial profiling. He says he can understand the reason for his arrest. He's just trying to get along with his life. The lesson for everybody should be: if you call the police, make it an anonymous tip or you may live to regret it.

Clearly this is an injustice perpetrated by the government. If we're going to give the police and prosecutors immunity for their actions -- which up to some point is entirely necessary and proper -- we should also have an automatic process whereby a person falsely accused automatically has his record expunged, at the expense of the taxpayers.

43 posted on 02/28/2014 11:53:32 AM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: 2banana

I have a feeling that his month in jail derailed his college plans.


44 posted on 02/28/2014 12:01:17 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Modern Rules:

1. You screw up, you get punished.

2. The Government screws up, you get punished.

3. You cannot lie to the government

4. The Government can (and does) lie to you.


45 posted on 02/28/2014 12:06:20 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Pollster1

> 1. NEVER involve police.
> 2. NEVER involve lawyers.
> 3. If you ignore rule 1 and involve police, ALWAYS involve lawyers.

Exactly ...


46 posted on 02/28/2014 12:19:44 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: FredZarguna
How is this a forum about liberty and limited government when posters are commenting that a three week incarceration is justified on the basis of somebody's appearance? Or is our freedom only to extend so far that anyone can dress or groom however he wants, as long as it's "respectable" under some "authority's" definition.

Phooey. That aint liberty.

Amazing isn't it?

I had to take a break for quite awhile from FR awhile back. Some of the most wonderful, liberty-minded people are here. Some of the most narrow-minded and judgemental are here as well.

47 posted on 02/28/2014 12:54:49 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: 2banana

My son is a full time student who also works full time and lives in an apartment well off-campus. Under these circumstances would he be hired or rented an apartment?


48 posted on 02/28/2014 12:59:52 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
Why is it that in the US potential employers can find out whether or not you have been arrested?

It's called Google. That and the burgeoning mugshot blackmail industry.

Basically, you obtain public records of mugshots and arrest records from around the country, post them on your website, and then charge fees to anyone who wants their arrest records removed.

49 posted on 02/28/2014 1:05:54 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Valpal1
Because he’s fighting the fire with fire, duh. Prospective employers googling his name will now find at least one corrective article from the venue it occurred in.

Then he is not familiar with the Streisand Effect.

50 posted on 02/28/2014 1:08:53 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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