NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE
DATE: Tuesday October 23, 2018, 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Beloved Community Center, 417 Arlington Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
PURPOSE: An Announcement from 13 local groups regarding three important issues with respect to the conduct and accountability of members of the Greensboro Police Department
1. These 13 groups, whose complete statements you will be given, will be filing on November 1st an amicus brief in the NC Court of Appeals in support of the City of Greensboro’s appeal of the gag order banning them from publicly discussing the contents of police body camera recordings of the Zared Jones incident. We commend Council for making this appeal. When public officials, elected by the people, are prevented from speaking out on serious matters of public interest, our rights as citizens are unjustly curtailed.
2. While supporting the City’s appeal, these groups call on city council to watch the entire set of police recordings and take appropriate action NOW. While the appeal may take one to two years to be resolved, the Greensboro City Council currently has both the authority, based upon court order, and the duty, based upon their responsibility to the citizens, to watch the police recordings right NOW. Police misconduct, if found, must be investigated and all those responsible held accountable NOW. These 13 groups will release to the public their letter previously sent to each city council member making the request for them to view the recordings and act NOW. We are asking for a specific response from City Council to that letter.
3. Graham Holt, attorney for Zared Jones, has been authorized by court order to view the entire set of police recordings and has done so. He has sent a confidential letter, confidential only because of the gag order, to City Council detailing specific issues of police misconduct reflected in those police recordings. Attorney Holt will be present to comment, within the limits of the law, on that letter and the concern that Council is exhibiting a deliberate indifference to the rights of his clients and others by failing to watch the entire set of police recordings and act NOW.
DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE:
1. STATEMENTS OF INTEREST
2. LETTER FROM AMICUS GROUP TO COUNCIL ASKING FOR VIEWING AND ACTION