Blog

Emancipate NC Settles Claim Against RPD

Emancipate NC Settles Claim Against RPD

Photo Credit: Ben McKeown, News Observer Throughout Summer 2020, Emancipate NC supported protests after the tragic and brutal police murder of George Floyd. In addition to our active presence in the streets and speaking at events, we also provided infrastructure in...

read more
Emancipate NC Supports Elizabeth City

Emancipate NC Supports Elizabeth City

Last week, Kerwin Pittman and Dedan Waciuri traveled to Elizabeth City, North Carolina to attend a nonpartisan NAACP candidate forum for municipal elections. The live stream is located here. Since sheriff’s deputies murdered Andrew Brown one...

read more
Encouraging Public Schools to Adopt Restorative Practices

Encouraging Public Schools to Adopt Restorative Practices

One important way to keep teenagers out of the criminal legal system is to implement restorative practices in our public schools. Restorative practices teach students and teachers how to address harm and how to protect human dignity without reverting to systems of...

read more
Introducing Peace Not Police

Introducing Peace Not Police

Dedan Wacuiri is Emancipate NC’s Organizer in Greenville, North Carolina (Pitt County). He and his community are already engaged in work to educate neighbors about how to protect themselves from police harassment. In Greenville, 37% of residents are Black, primarily...

read more
Emancipate NC Raises A Billboard in Tyrrell County

Emancipate NC Raises A Billboard in Tyrrell County

Community members in Columbia, North Carolina (Tyrrell County) are ready for the offensive and racist Confederate monument at their courthouse to be removed. Emancipate NC joined with Concerned Citizens of Tyrrell County to raise a billboard as a call to action....

read more
A Last Visit With Mom

A Last Visit With Mom

One of the indignities of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety is the way that they so often refuse to accommodate basic humanitarian needs, such as notifying family members when an incarcerated person is gravely sick, permitting an incarcerated individual...

read more
Emancipate NC Goes To Court For Body Camera Release

Emancipate NC Goes To Court For Body Camera Release

On April 5, 2022, Team Emancipate visited the Durham County Courthouse to obtain a court order for the general public release of body camera footage from an incident of excessive force involving the Durham Police Department. Highlights of the body camera...

read more
A Mistrial For Lester Kearney

A Mistrial For Lester Kearney

You’ve followed our coverage of the capital murder trial of Lester Kearney, an innocent man subjected to a vendetta by a District Attorney bent on putting somebody away for a horrific crime – even if he has the wrong man. Last week, after a lengthy trial, the...

read more
Daniel Turcios Was Not Intoxicated; Law Enforcement Lied

Daniel Turcios Was Not Intoxicated; Law Enforcement Lied

You’ve followed coverage here of the Raleigh police murder of Daniel Turcios in January 2022. Initial media reports described an “intoxicated” man “wielding a knife” and “threatening people” – all part of the police-generated narrative to justify taking this man’s...

read more
The Harms of Text Behind

The Harms of Text Behind

by Phillip Vance Smith, II Correctional facilities in North Carolina began using Text Behind, a third-party mail service provider in 2021. Instead of sending personal mail directly to a prison, senders must either create an online account for electronic mail or send...

read more
Emancipate NC Helps Grieving Mom View Body Camera Footage

Emancipate NC Helps Grieving Mom View Body Camera Footage

Valarie Smith Ragland just wants to see the footage of her son dying. Makari J Smith, of Oxford, NC, was fatally shot on February 9, 2022, at the age of 23, by the Granville County Sheriff's Office while in the midst of a probable psychotic episode. ...

read more
Welcome to the 2022 Justice League

Welcome to the 2022 Justice League

Emancipate NC is thrilled to introduce the 2022 Justice League! This group hails from twelve North Carolina counties. Eight are current students at North Carolina A&T University.  The group will work together this year to build relationships, learn...

read more
Emancipate NC Sues Raleigh Police

Emancipate NC Sues Raleigh Police

Last month, Emancipate NC attorneys Ian Mance and Elizabeth Simpson, joined with co-counsel Emily Gladden and Abe Rubert-Schewel from the law firm of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Michael Littlejohn from Littlejohn Law, to sue the Raleigh Police Department on...

read more