Libertarian Party of North Carolina Calls for Police Transparency

April 17, 2023


The Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) condemns, in the absolute strongest terms possible, the arrest of Monica Ussery for exercising her Constitutional right to peaceful protest, as revealed by the police body camera footage that was released last week, as well as the despicable disregard for the law the police officers demonstrated. 

Body camera footage has revealed several instances of abhorrent and egregious behavior by police officers, and is often the only way they stand any chance of facing accountability. We at the LPNC have called for justice for Joshua for over a year now. Homeless veteran Joshua Rohrer was harassed and assaulted by two Gastonia police officers, leading to his manufactured arrest which resulted in the death of his service dog. The city fought against the release of that body camera footage for almost nine months. When it was released, we saw that the truth was even worse than the most dire eyewitness accounts. 

Or take the case of Jada Johnson. Johnson was allegedly shot 17 times in the back by the cops while other police officers were holding her down. She was completely unarmed at the time she was shot. Her two-year old daughter and her grandparents witnessed the whole thing. Of course, the body camera footage has been sealed and a gag order placed on anyone who sees it, because why would anyone want to see what actually happened (we assume is the state’s reasoning).

In contrast, the numerous actions by noble police officers each and every day merit exposure, to balance the scales of the conversation. Further, body camera videos serve to protect police officers who follow the law and protect the people, instead of putting themselves above the law, especially when there are unfounded accusations of impropriety.  

We, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, call on the state to change its body camera footage rules. The inability of the public to see how well public servants are living up to their charge is a fundamental necessity to a functioning democracy. The draconian control of information, leveraged to serve the interests of the state, imposed by our current body camera footage release laws, protects no one except for corrupt and errant cops, and fosters an environment of distrust between the police and the public they ostensibly serve.

We call on the legislature and Governor Cooper to act immediately to update the law so that all body camera footage is immediately available to the public, with necessary exceptions only to protect the identities of vulnerable victims of crime (excluding when the crime was perpetrated by the police).

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Fighting Back Against State Mandated Robbery

Asset Forfeiture - North Carolina's Dark, Discreet Deal with the Feds

How one Huntersville resident is holding government accountable for the sources of its funding,

...and how we can help

It's a safe bet that asset forfeiture isn't something most North Carolinians are thinking about on a regular basis. Even within the context of legal proceedings, asset forfeiture rarely makes the headlines.

Maybe it's because the odds that any one of us will face asset forfeiture are slim. Or maybe it’s because it's easy to write off, assuming only criminals have their money and property taken. 

The reality is far more bleak, and the government continues to steal from citizens, even in our home state of North Carolina. Fortunately, one Liberty warrior has taken it upon himself to raise awareness about this important issue, and try to get his town, Huntersville, to reject the ill-gotten spoils of government theft. 

Asset forfeiture is, simply put, when the state takes your money or property as part of legal proceedings. Once a vestige of bygone legal frameworks, it was resurrected in the mid-1980s as part of the failed war on drugs, and has grown to the point that the government takes more stuff through asset forfeiture than the “criminal” robbers who aren’t backed by the state. It is legally justified (by the same entities who reap the benefits of forfeiture) as a means of depriving criminals of the spoils of their crimes. In reality, asset forfeiture is used (sometimes with no regard for due process) to take money and property, fund law enforcement, and leverage plea agreements, fourth amendment be damned. 

There are two main types of asset forfeiture - civil and criminal. While both are problematic in concept and practice, civil asset forfeiture is far more nefarious. Where criminal forfeiture generally requires a conviction, civil asset forfeiture only requires the state to assert an arbitrary link between the property and a crime. Further, civil cases do not fall under the Sixth Amendment right to an attorney. This is ripe for abuse, and it has been abused, to horrifying degrees. 

North Carolina has banned civil asset forfeiture in almost all cases except racketeering, making it a leader in this area of civil rights. Or at least it would seem...

As these things always tend to go, there is a loophole. If local law enforcement forms an official partnership with federal cops, the federal law reigns supreme, and civil asset forfeiture is very much back on the table. Without irony, this arrangement is called an "equitable sharing program."

Credit where its due, NC has one more protection, too. Proceeds from criminal asset forfeiture are only allowed, theoretically, to go to funding education, thus, again theoretically, eliminating the incentive for local law enforcement to seize property solely for their own benefit. Of course, there is no requirement that law enforcement report forfeited assets, meaning the education spending requirement is roughly as effective as a screen door on a submarine. NC has reaped nearly half a billion dollars in windfall from the equitable sharing program over the last 20 years.

Enter Eric Rowell. Eric has been a mainstay of local Huntersville politics for the last decade, with the seemingly simple request that elected officials be held accountable for the decisions they make. 

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Tar Heel Libertarian - April 2023

Volume 3, Issue 7 | April 2023

"Conservatives want to be your daddy, telling you what to do and what not to do. Liberals want to be your mommy, feeding you, tucking you in, and wiping your nose. Libertarians want to treat you as an adult." ― David Boaz

Editor's Note: We are trying a new design this month. We have included links to the full newsletter online and in PDF, as well as each individual article, all of which can be found on our website at the links below. All prior issues are also posted there now. Please let us know if you have any feedback, suggestions, criticisms, or if you would like to contribute!

In this Issue...

In our April 2023 issue, the Tar Heel calls on all Liberty lovers to get to work! We highlight successes we had, because of you, with the pistol purchase permit repeal. We explore other areas ripe for positive change, including the ABC monopoly. We review the antiwar rally, and we ask for people around the state to get involved with affiliates, where you can connect and socialize with others who share your passion and principles. We have other volunteer opportunities highlighted, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!


From the Chair

Monthly message from the Chair of your Libertarian Party of North Carolina Executive Committee.

Featured Articles

Timely ruminations, calls to action, extraordinary insights, and so much more in the articles featured in this month's Tar Heel Libertarian.

LP in NC

Members of your LPNC are doing big things around the state, and we capture it all right here. This month we are sharing Wake County Chair Travis Groo's OpEd on an overlooked health care bill, and Mike Ross' Governor campaign getting coverage in broader media.

Meet the New Executive Committee

Get inside access to the personalities, plans, and insights of the people you elected to steward the state party for the next two years. This month we chat with Secretary and superwoman Dee Watson.

Candidate Spotlight

Every political party needs candidates! Come meet ours. Today we chat with Mike Ross, who announced his campaign for NC governor last month.  

Chair Chats

Each month, the Tar Heel sits down with the Chair of a county affiliate. We discuss our personal stories, humble Libertarian roots, the latest developments in that county, and what we can expect in the future. In April, we talked to new Mecklenburg Chair, though an long-time Liberty warrior, Steven DiFiore

Book Review

Who says Libertarians aren't cultured? This month, Eric Rowell reviews the all-time classic, The Law, by Bastiat

Full April edition

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Help Wanted (Needed!)

Assistant Treasurer

Official Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer shall receive, disburse, and account for the funds of the Party under the supervision and direction of the Chair. The Treasurer shall:

  1. Maintain the state executive committee treasury at an insured commercial bank;
  2. Maintain all records of contributions received and disbursements made required by law or by the Executive Committee;
  3. Prepare and file any reports as may be required by law or by the Executive Committee;
  4. Distribute a summary of the general finances of the Party as well as a summary of the funds received and disbursed by the Party for each calendar quarter to all Executive Committee members within thirty (30) days of the end of each calendar quarter;
  5. Transmit all records pertaining to the office to successor within ten (10) days of vacating office.


As Assistant Treasurer, you will be responsible for working with the Treasurer to ensure they are able to accomplish their goals for the party. This may require training from the state board of elections. You may be required to prepare or help prepare monthly Treasurer Reports. You may be required to update our CRM with donor information. While some of the tasks may take multiple hours to execute, it is not expected to be a full time position. Work will be concentrated around the monthly report to the Executive Committee and the required reporting periods mandated by state law.


As Assistant Treasurer, you will need to have an understanding of accounting, be detail oriented, and be willing to assist the Treasurer in any of their required duties. We have a preference that you be committed to being a treasurer in the LPNC long term, whether as state treasurer or as a county/candidate treasurer, though it is not required. 


Assistant Secretary

Official Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  1. Keep and maintain all minutes of Executive Committee meetings and the State Convention;
  2. Issue all meeting notices for the Executive Committee and annual State Convention;
  3. Distribute Executive Committee meeting minutes to all members of the Executive Committee no later than fourteen (14) days after said meeting is held;
  4. Transmit all records pertaining to the office to successor within ten (10) days of vacating office.


As Assistant Secretary, you will be responsible for working with the Secretary to ensure they are able to accomplish their goals for the party. You may be required to prepare or help prepare monthly or yearly Secretary Reports. You may be required to update our CRM with membership information. You may also be asked to help acquire affiliate records. While some of the tasks may take multiple hours to execute, it is not expected to be a full time position. Work will be concentrated around the every other week Executive Committee agendas, minutes, and reports. You may also be required to reach out to affiliates and determine officers, bylaws, membership status of all affiliate officers. As assistant Secretary you may be required to temporarily assist the Secretary during convention, if the Secretary is otherwise occupied. 


As Assistant Secretary, you will need to be willing to learn the LPNC Bylaws, be detail oriented, and be willing to assist the Secretary in any of their required duties. We have a preference that you be committed to being a secretary in the LPNC long term, whether as state treasurer or as a county secretary, though it is not required. 



The LPNC is looking for members to join the following committees. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved on a more limited basis while still meeting great people and doing meaningful work for the LPNC, especially if you are new or don't have lots of extra time. Committees generally meet virtually once a week or less, for about an hour, and usually do not require significant time commitment outside of the meetings:

  • 2025 Convention Planning Committee: This committee will plan the LPNC State Convention for late Feb 2024 or March 2024. Meetings will likely be every other Thursday, opposite the EC Thursday meetings. 
  • 2025 Bylaws  Committee: What is more quintessentially Libertarian and also engaged at the core of what we believe than updating our bylaws? This committee will be in existence until the 2025 convention and is tasked with making proposals to change the bylaws and rules.

If you would like to be on any of these committees, or if you have additional questions about time commitment or what is expected, please email [email protected] and indicate your interest.

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