WRAL regularly reports on crime news, including arrests and court dates, based on information provided by law enforcement agencies.
We understand that an arrest is not a conviction, and that many cases end with charges being dismissed. Those who are charged can take the extra step and have a criminal record expunged, removing any record of their arrest from the justice system.
If WRAL reports an arrest on air or online, it becomes part of our online archive. As a matter of policy, WRAL does not remove stories from that archive. We make corrections to errors of fact and, where a case is dismissed or expunged, we add that information to clarify the report.
To request a correction of fact or a statement of dismissal or expungement to an online story, individuals can email a copy of supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.