It walks, it quacks

Councilwoman Carmany on the latest leak involving Greensboro’s police department investigation: “…Believe me, I’m as frustrated as all of you are about how long this investigation is taking.”

Meanwhile, members of our City Council were quoted in this morning’s N&R about efforts to, (as Tom Phillips puts it), ”flush out” the person who leaked the in-house investigative report that brought down former chief David Wray.  Carmany has stated that she is 95% sure the leak emanated from one of her colleagues on the council.

Even though all but one council member submitted a sworn affidavit denying they were the source of the leak.  And even though all but one council member voted to submit to a lie detector examination about the leak.  Every quote by council members in today’s article is some kind of denial that T. Dianne Bellamy-Small, the lone holdout on the above two actions, is the one who might eventually be “flushed out.”

If Bellamy-Small is the “leaker”, and right now most of Greensboro is probably convinced she is, I would have respect for her if she would just come clean and state her reasons for giving the report to the N&R.  Even though such an admission would likely land the leaker in court, at least that person could face the judge and jury standing on a strongly-held principle that the people had a right to know what was contained in the report.

Someone needs to grow a backbone here.

Update:  In a scathing editorial, the N&R is sensing some hypocracy among our City Council.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted April 21, 2006 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I’d take integrity and priorities over that kind of suicidal backbone. You’re assuming that honesty guarantees justice, Hogg. The African-American community in this town knows full well that that is just not the case. In Greensboro, black people are not treated equally by the media, the public, the police, and the justice system. Ask ‘em.

    This childishness about “outing” and “flushing” a leak, and for Chrissakes, a lie detector test, looks a lot like not wanting to deal with the truly important issue, the sickness in City management and the police department. Talk about bad publicity for the city.

    Finish the police investigation and release it. Release the names of those who were surveilled. Fire or charge those responsible for corruption, negligence, and abuse of power. Apologize profusely to the citizenry for your pathetic oversight of the city and its employees. Resign, if you have any shame.

    Then, if it still seems important, you can begin an investigation into who leaked a document during that investigation.

    That sequence of events would begin to restore some trust in this community and faith in its power structure. What they’re doing is killing it off.

  2. Posted April 21, 2006 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone actually believe Bellamy-Small being a Black lady wearing nice clothes has a chance of being charged with this crime? Like a snow ball in Hell! Not in Greensboro where the Black people rule supreme and can get away with anything. Tom Phillips told the Rhino that her copy of the report had been tampered with. He was in the city managers office when the reports were inspected and hers had the front cover letter torn off and stuffed inside the report. And there was evidence that it had been taken apart and restapled because the staples were different. She won’t say that she didn’t do it. Yes, I think she is guilty and she should be charged, That report should have been purged of some information before release to the public, like the names of the informants or any identifying information.

  3. Posted April 21, 2006 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    “Not in Greensboro where the Black people rule supreme and can get away with anything.”

    That’s thoughtful.

    “Yes, I think she is guilty and she should be charged…”

    Charged with what?

  4. Posted April 21, 2006 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    “Does anyone actually believe Bellamy-Small being a Black lady wearing nice clothes has a chance of being charged with this crime?”

    What a comment, Brenda! I’m saddened because I’m not surprised. I was wondering who would be thoughtless enough or crass enough to write the comment and I fear that’s you.

    “Yes, I think she is guilty and she should be charged…”

    With what?

  5. Posted April 21, 2006 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    “Not in Greensboro where the Black people rule supreme and can get away with anything.”

    We sure don’t know the same black people.

  6. dhoggard
    Posted April 22, 2006 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Brenda,

    I know you are relatively new hereabouts and a loyal and unquestioning Rhino disciple – but still…

    Do you really believe what you are saying?