LOCAL VOCAL: Questioning the chiefs

by Edward Bruce Keohohou

Good afternoon. Got hold of a copy of the questionnaire that was given to city council candidates. I like it. These are important questions that affect our community, and not necessarily district concentrated. Because in the long run, should any of them get elected, their vote represents the entire city of Greensboro.

There is one particular question that got me going into depth mentally, that has been in the media headlines for quite some time, and that is question 9: “Where do you stand on the city’s handling of allegations of racial discrimination under the administration of former police Chief Wray?”

Very good question, because I think that there is a lot of history that involves previous city leaders, as well as the previous chiefs of police that we’ve had.

You know, these days, the claim of racial discrimination has been abused by so many, in so many different issues, that it has become commonplace for any “race” to make such claims. And once it has been reported in the media, those who the accusers have placed fault with back down and give in so as not to gain an improper reputation within the community.

How honestly can we attest to what is being told to all us? Because sometimes the truth, should it be told, will exonerate those who were accused.

Anyway… I believe that there was no improper handling of this situation. I believe that there is some relevance as to why the police department was investigating these officers, (considering the officers that claim such “racial” discrimination), that their conduct came into question. I also believe, like any new administrator, that sometimes you have to “clean house.”

And in doing so, there will be some things that have been “under the rug” so long that they thought the dust had settled, but lo and behold! There was more dirt than we could’ve imagined.

Because, when you think about this case. You must look at the previous chiefs we’ve had in the past. Sylvester Daughtry and Robert White, both African Americans, came from outside of the city, though Daughtry was an NC A&T University student. Chief Wray came from within the ranks, and unfortunately he is a Caucasian American.

I also believe that the previous administration of the police department did have some inkling and/or knowledge of some of the activities that motivated such an investigation during Chief Wray’s tenure.

But then again, this can only be circumstantial, or can it?

Edward Bruce Keohohou lives in Greensboro.