Amid the Tumult in Durham

Reavis, Dick J.
Date Written:  2017-08-23
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21252

Peter Gilbert (a rights attorney) and his wife Elena Everett,a non-profit organizer, had their house searched by Sheriff's officers in Durham when nobody was at home. It had to do with a demonstration of some 200 on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.



The officers who raided the bungalow were looking for the stretch limousine, a 20-foot ladder, paperwork and emails. The allegations in the warrant were accurate and true, of course: Ms. Everett does own an old Cadillac stretch limousine. She uses it to drive public school students to museum exhibitions and organizer schools. But the search party didn’t find the limousine. It was at Everett's office, where it has been parked almost every night for at least five years.

The searchers inevitably turned up evidence not specified in their warrant. They apparently compensated for that by photographing the suspect, but unlisted, items. Elena found a copy of the Autobiography of Malcom X "posed" atop a set of Russian language-learning cassettes. "I bought those tapes back when I was in high school," she told me. But she never mastered Russian and I suppose that makes her, in the eyes of the lawmen, a novice at crime.

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