Statement from Maria Jocys, Retired FBI Agent, on the “Strike Team” of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
CONTACT: Gerrick Brenner
Statement from Maria Jocys, Retired FBI Agent, on the
“Strike Team” of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office
DURHAM - Retired FBI agent Maria Jocys, an Unaffiliated candidate for Durham County Sheriff on the November ballot, released the following statement regarding the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team.
“Durham suffered a record number of shootings in 2020, a record number of homicides last year, and is currently on pace to break both records in 2022. Durham County desperately needs law enforcement agencies which are building community trust with transparent work and smart partnerships with agencies which are accountable to Durham voters. Instead we have Durham County’s Sheriff finally disclosing six days before an election a shadowy Strike Team which can show no tangible impact in Durham County in the face of a record level of gun violence.
“The most important law enforcement partnership to reduce Durham’s gun violence is absolutely one between the Durham Police Department and Durham County Sheriff’s Office. Instead, Durham County has a Sheriff who says he is “not responsible for the violent crime that occurs within the Durham City.” But after a homicide inside the City of Durham on April 9th, we learn of Durham Sheriff deputies working Durham City streets in unmarked cars with Alamance County deputies who are not accountable to Durham voters.
“Clearly, Durham County’s Sheriff knows a partnership that allows Alamance deputies to work in Durham’s communities of color is not popular with Durham residents, because Durham County’s Sheriff went more than a year before telling the public of this Strike Team. The Sheriff’s intent to roll this Strike Team under the radar of Durham voters is glaringly obvious from the Saturday night shooting of an unmarked Alamance County vehicle inside a Durham public housing complex. The gunfire into the vehicle occupied by Durham and Alamance deputies was so powerful that one round pierced the windshield and blew out the back window. The shooters have not been arrested. And in his public statement 40 hours after the shooting, the Sheriff did not even publicly acknowledge that the unmarked vehicle was owned by Alamance County.
“Taxpayer-funded surveys of Durham County residents already show public satisfaction in Durham County’s sheriff protection to be the worst since the county started gathering public opinion data in 2016. Shadowy strike teams disclosed to the public six days before an election only add to the distrust and cynicism that is building toward law enforcement across the nation and in Durham. Durham residents want a safer Durham, but they also want respect from law enforcement. Respect comes from true transparency, not shadowy strike teams which involve deputies from other counties who are not accountable to Durham voters. Durham deserves better.”
Posted on 11 May 2022, 16:28 - Category: Clarence Birkhead