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Jun 12

Featured in Reuters

Raleigh Criminal Defense attorney Damon Chetson was featured in Reuters in an article profiling attorneys who have volunteered to represent people charged with protest-related violations. It’s important for all of us to understand (protesters’)stories – to humanize someone who’s just called a looterDamon Chetson, June 4, 2020, Reuters

Jun 04

We’re Looking for Your Help!

We need help with not just the protest cases that I’m volunteering to represent, but also general criminal defense work - primarily the death penalty, post conviction case we have, and murders that are appointed by the courts. This is a criminal defense law firm in Raleigh with a number of pending appointed murders including...

Jun 03

Priorities, People

I get the anger over broken windows in downtown Raleigh. I understand that people are upset over property damage. I do not advocate property damage. But in the list of things to be concerned about, it strikes me that people miss the point if they fixate on broken windows and vandalism, but ignore the larger...

May 31

Double Standards

No adult believes the world is fair. African Americans have been on the blunt end of the American stick for 300 years. Why should it be any different today? But there's something amazing the way police have handled the response to yet another police orchestrated murder - what else do you call kneeing for 7...

May 31

Raleigh Woke Up Today

Raleigh woke up today to broken store windows throughout the downtown district - up and down Fayetteville Street, on Wilmington, and along the side streets. Salisbury looks comparatively untouched. The CVS on the corner of Hargett and Fayetteville was the most thoroughly vandalized. If other stores were looted, I couldn’t really tell. I was at...

May 30

Outside Provocation by Forces of “Order” is Cause of Violence

Minneapolis officials have confirmed what most people know: that the violence that was wrought last night in the streets was not by protesters, but rather by outside agitators - agents provocateur - who descended upon the city to provoke and justify a militarized and violent response from police. [CORRECTION: Turns out that the civil authorities...

May 29

Enough is Enough

https://twitter.com/bengarvin/status/1266448204176003072?s=21

May 29

Cops and General Deterrence

There's a reason why police officers continue to kill mostly black people around the country. It's because they know that even in the rare cases where they are charged, they probably won't be convicted. And even if they walk into the wrong home and gun down a guy who was just enjoying some ice cream,...

May 28

Joe Biden’s Criminal Justice Record is Appalling

Normally I don't talk about partisan politics on this blog, limiting my comments to policy and criminal justice issues. But I was recently elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled to be hosted in Milwaukee this year. But the Party is considering hosting the convention by virtual means...

May 27

Why do so few RPD officers live in Raleigh?

Raleigh is a wonderful city with a population approaching 500,000 people. It is livable, with plenty of affordable housing, parks, good schools, shopping, and good neighborhoods. And it has a police force - the Raleigh Police Department - that is one of the 75 largest police forces in the country with just over 800 sworn...

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