Durham protestors say police racial profiling must end - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Durham protestors say police racial profiling must end

Posted: Updated:
A protestor holds a sign with photos of Carlos Riley (left) and Trayvon Martin (right). A protestor holds a sign with photos of Carlos Riley (left) and Trayvon Martin (right).
DURHAM, N.C. -

Supporters of a man accused of shooting a Durham police officer last year are demanding his release.  A small group of family, friends and others rallied outside Durham Police headquarters in support of 21-year-old Carlos Rliey Jr.

Riley was arrested in December, charged in connection with shooting officer Kelly Stewart following an argument at a traffic stop near the Forest Pointe Apartments on Forest Road.  Riley's attorney says the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.  Protestors say this incident is a part of ongoing racial profiling and police brutality both in Durham and nationwide.

"We just want to, you know, bring awareness to the city, let them know what some of these police officers are doing," Carlos Riley's aunt Cheryl Riley said, "that it's wrong, and we hope it opens their eyes and sheds a new light on it."

Durham Police are not commenting on the protest citing pending litigation.  Riley remains in jail awaiting a court date in July.

Derick Waller

Derick is a reporter for WNCN covering crime, education, politics and just about everything in between. He has a knack for adapting to any story and consistently delivers information quickly across multiple platforms. More>>

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • RTP researchers working on Ebola vaccines

    RTP researchers working on Ebola vaccines

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:05:01 GMT
    North Carolina researchers are leading the charge in creating a vaccine for the Ebola virus.
    North Carolina researchers are leading the charge in creating a vaccine for the Ebola virus.
  • New Durham DA Echols sworn into office

    New Durham DA Echols sworn into office

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:51:26 GMT
    Durham's new district attorney will be sworn into office publicly Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
    Durham's new district attorney will be sworn into office publicly Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
  • Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:49:15 GMT
    Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.