As our case against the Raleigh Police Department’s use of no-knock and quick-knock warrants progresses, the City of Raleigh’s attorneys are using questionable methods to attack the character of the plaintiffs, rather than own up and pay out the damages they owe. Emancipate attorneys Ian Mance and Elizabeth Simpson wrote to the Raleigh mayor and city council to ensure they were aware of the tactics employed in their name against two innocent Black families:

“In defending this case, the City of Raleigh has elected to use taxpayer money to pay four private law firms, along with two City Attorneys, to employ a defense strategy that has included accusing these innocent mothers and children of criminal wrongdoing and subjected them to a battery of invasive and inappropriate questions.” 

Read our full letter to Raleigh’s elected leaders here →

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