DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Durham's police chief has apologized for allegedly saying a defense attorney deserved to be shot, though he says he doesn't remember saying it.
Police Chief Jose Lopez said Friday he takes full responsibility for anything that may have been said during a private meeting with staff. He says any comment was not made with malice.
City Manager Tom Bonfield says his office and the city attorney's office questioned everyone at the July 2 meeting. Bonfield says he believes the chief's apology ends that matter.
But Lopez remains the subject of a civil rights discrimination complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Assistant Chief Winslow Forbes. Forbes' claims included that Lopez said an attorney who was hit by a stray bullet deserved to get shot.
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