Billboard Campaign Exposes Raleigh D.A. Freeman’s Repeated Refusal To Hold Police Officers Accountable For Killing Unarmed Civilians
Every morning, in every corner of the city, some of the most honorable women and men in Raleigh wake up, put on a badge and a gun, and head out to protect and serve their community.
Few things make the job of an honest, hard-working police officer more difficult than when a bad cop engages in misconduct, uses excessive force, beats or even kills an unarmed civilian.
Public trust in law enforcement is essential for getting the job done. For example, when it comes to solving serious crimes like murder, if the community does not trust law enforcement then community members who witness crimes will not cooperate with police officers trying to solve cases. Thus, holding bad cops accountable is critical not only for a community that professes to care about justice and accountability, but also for a community that respects the job that police officers do and seeks to make that job a little less difficult.
No elected official has a more important role in holding bad cops accountable than the District Attorney does. In Raleigh, the top prosecutor is Lorrin Freeman, and her record of holding police officers accountable for their misdeeds is one of the worst in the country.
Here’s a revealing snippet from the website, LorrinFreemanFiles:
If President Joe Biden, or Senator Thom Tillis, or Governor Roy Cooper had a record as atrocious as Lorrin Freeman’s record, the national and local media would cover it relentlessly. But local officials like Lorrin Freeman tend to evade meaningful public scrutiny, largely because local media has been hollowed out in cities across the country and the national media culture is obsessed with what Joe Manchin ate for lunch today.
This morning, outside the courthouse in Raleigh, as judges, lawyers, and citizens walk in and out of the halls of justice, they will have the opportunity to view a mobile billboard campaign that aims to better introduce the public to Lorrin Freeman’s disgraceful record on police accountability: