Ronnie Long, the North Carolina man who was exonerated last year after serving 44 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing the city of Concord, the detectives who worked his original case, as well as the city’s current and former police chiefs, NBC affiliate WCNC reports.The 88-page lawsuit alleges the defendants in the suit wrongfully convicted Long and then knowingly kept him in prison despite evidence showing he was innocent, according to WCNC.Click the video player above to watch the latest headlines from WXII 12 News.The suit claims the detectives on the case targeted Long even though he did not match the description of the suspect provided by the victim. The lawsuit also alleges the officers had a history of animosity towards Long’s family and hassled him before the conviction.The suit alleges investigators with the Concord Police Department “systematically suppressed every bit of evidence which showed there was no link between Long and the victim or the crime scene.”The department’s current and former police chiefs are also being sued, according to WCNC.Both the City of Concord and their current police chief, Gary Gacek, told WCNC they could not comment on a pending lawsuit.Long was 21 years old when an all-white jury in Concord convicted him for a rape he insisted he didn’t commit.Decades after his trial, Long’s attorneys discovered Concord police hid evidence that ruled him out as a suspect. Officers even lied on the witness stand.In August, the courts ruled Ronnie Long had been wrongfully convicted and he was freed after 44 years in prison. Gov. Roy Cooper pardoned Long, 65, in December. He received $750,000 from the state last month. “North Carolina intentionally put me in the penitentiary and you tell me $750,000 is worth 44 years of my life?” Long previously told WCNC. The amount Long received is based on a North Carolina state statute outlining the state will pay someone who was wrongfully convicted $50,000 a year for their time in prison. The amount is capped at $750,000. That means Long got nothing for more than two-thirds of the time he was behind bars. “That cap is completely inadequate when you can consider people losing so much time in their lives,” Jamie Lau, the supervising attorney for the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic and Long’s criminal attorney, told WCNC in April.

CONCORD, N.C. — Ronnie Long, the North Carolina man who was exonerated last year after serving 44 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing the city of Concord, the detectives who worked his original case, as well as the city’s current and former police chiefs, NBC affiliate WCNC reports.The 88-page lawsuit alleges the defendants in the suit wrongfully convicted Long and then knowingly kept him in prison despite evidence showing he was innocent, according to WCNC.
Click the video player above to watch the latest headlines from WXII 12 News.The suit claims the detectives on the case targeted Long even though he did not match the description of the suspect provided by the victim. The lawsuit also alleges the officers had a history of animosity towards Long’s family and hassled him before the conviction.The suit alleges investigators with the Concord Police Department “systematically suppressed every bit of evidence which showed there was no link between Long and the victim or the crime scene.”

The department’s current and former police chiefs are also being sued, according to WCNC.Both the City of Concord and their current police chief, Gary Gacek, told WCNC they could not comment on a pending lawsuit.Long was 21 years old when an all-white jury in Concord convicted him for a rape he insisted he didn’t commit.Decades after his trial, Long’s attorneys discovered Concord police hid evidence that ruled him out as a suspect. Officers even lied on the witness stand.In August, the courts ruled Ronnie Long had been wrongfully convicted and he was freed after 44 years in prison. Gov. Roy Cooper pardoned Long, 65, in December. He received $750,000 from the state last month. “North Carolina intentionally put me in the penitentiary and you tell me $750,000 is worth 44 years of my life?” Long previously told WCNC. The amount Long received is based on a North Carolina state statute outlining the state will pay someone who was wrongfully convicted $50,000 a year for their time in prison. The amount is capped at $750,000. That means Long got nothing for more than two-thirds of the time he was behind bars. “That cap is completely inadequate when you can consider people losing so much time in their lives,” Jamie Lau, the supervising attorney for the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic and Long’s criminal attorney, told WCNC in April.