DURHAM — The latest flurry of news in the Duke lacrosse case prompted some concerned citizens to register a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday, according to community activist Victoria Peterson, who said she helped pen the complaint with other, unnamed residents.
Officials with the Justice Department could not confirm Friday whether they had yet received the complaint.
A statement distributed by Peterson alleges that the accuser's civil rights were violated when lacrosse players tossed racial epithets at her and another exotic dancer the night of the alleged assault. The complaint also contends that officials at Duke University have failed to prosecute several rapes reported on campus.
Peterson, an unsuccessful City Council candidate and political organizer, has been speaking publicly about the racial and political subtexts of the case since the allegations surfaced in March.