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Greensboro police chief to address release of body cam video of incidents at Greensboro city manager's home

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The Greensboro police chief is providing an update regarding the release of body camera footage after officers responded to calls at a city official’s home late last year.

Last month, a judge ruled that the body worn camera footage of calls to the home of Greensboro city manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba could be shared with the public with edits to protect privacy rights.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, Chief John Thompson is holding a press conference to update the public on the release of that footage, explaining a timeline of events and offering the media a chance to ask questions, according to a release from the department.

Background

Multiple 911 calls were placed from the home between Dec. 28 and 29, 2023, including what a CAD reporter described as a “physical domestic disturbance” on Dec. 28 and a call involving a request for an escort from the home on Dec. 29.

The Dec. 28 incident is listed in the report as “simple assault,” and Jaiyeoba and two family members were identified as having “apparent minor injuries.”

The police narrative states only that the officer “responded to [the address] in reference to a Family Disorder. Upon my arrival, I met with the complainant who advised that on 12/28/2023 at approximately 1930 hours, a Family Disorder occurred.”

In one of the 911 calls made from the home, it’s hard to understand what the person is saying, but a transcript of the call says there was a “female on the line stating that [redacted] is abusing them.”

In the days following the incidents, Jaiyeoba was seen in a sling.

On Feb. 5, the City of Greensboro confirmed that it had filed a court order to gain access to the police body camera footage of the incidents at Jaiyeoba’s home.

The Greensboro City Council released a statement last week after reviewing the footage:

The entire body of the Greensboro City Council has reviewed the body worn camera video from the December 28, 2023, police response to City Manager Jaiyeoba’s home. Four police officers and EMS staff responded to the call.

The officers spent a considerable amount of time interviewing the family. Additionally, a senior detective interviewed the City Manager and his family over the course of two days, following the incident.

Upon reviewing the video, it is apparent there was a family disagreement. It is unclear how the disagreement began. City Manager Jaiyeoba was the only person with a visible injury.

It is our collective opinion that the domestic disturbance was thoroughly investigated. Greensboro Police Department in consultation with the District Attorney’s office determined that no charges were warranted. Furthermore, in our view, the City Manager did not receive preferential treatment.

We hope the community will respect the family’s right to privacy. City Manager Jaiyeoba and his family should be granted the same privacy as any other family deserves in similar circumstances

Greensboro City Council

In a statement on Jan. 25, Jaiyeoba said, “Parents often have disagreements with their adult kids, and my family is no different. Regretfully, after the Christmas holiday, police officers were called to my home. Please understand, this is a family matter, and I stress that fatherhood is the most important job to me. While we continue to work through this and find a path forward, I ask for the community to please respect my family’s privacy.”

GPD’s prior statement

In a statement Greensboro Police Department stated that “at no time Mr. Jaiyeoba or anyone from the city manager’s office ask that GPD deviate from its normal investigative procedures.”

Police go on to say that after completing the investigation and consulting with the district attorney no criminal charges are being filed and that no probable cause was established in regard to how Jaiyeoba “may have sustained” the injury to make an arrest. Public information records were given to the city attorney’s office within 48 hours.

GPD concluded by stating that they “stand behind the integrity of our officers and their professionalism in response to this call and throughout their investigation.”


Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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