Wednesday, May 01, 2013
On Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, I, Ashley Buchanan was present at a house party at 1416 E. Washington Street, Apartment 2C, Sebastian Village Apartments. At about 1:00am, the Greensboro Police responded to 1416 E. Washington Street, Apartment 2C. The police were accompanied by security officers that patrol Sebastian Village.
The officers had Taylor Duncan, one of the homeowners come outside and speak with them. Latrice Johnson, the second homeowner, was in and out of the apartment, checking on Taylor, while keeping attendees informed. I heard girls inside and outside the apartment begin to question what the officer was doing to Taylor. A few minutes later approximately fourteen (14) more police cars came to the scene. Some people began to leave the apartment, which is located on the second floor. Officers then rushed upstairs and entered the apartment, clicking tasers, and yelling at people to get out.
When the officers bombarded the apartment, and most of them went to the back, where the bedrooms were located. I was in the living room, and wanted to leave. I began to walk to the back towards the bedrooms to retrieve my wallet and cell phone, both of which were in Taylor’s room. An officer was walking towards me. We met in the living room, and the officer stated, “Maam, you need to leave.” I replied, “Sir I am going to leave, I just need to grab my phone and I will be on my way.” The officer said, “No maam, I will get your phone, you just need to leave the apartment now.” I said, “Okay, that is fine,” and I began to explain to him where my phone and wallet were, because they were in Taylor’s room and they were hidden.
The officer then stated, “Maam, I said you need to leave,” He then grabbed my upper right arm, tightly. I pulled my arm back (however it did not break his grip), and he pushed me backwards. The officer’s grip was so tight that it bruised my arm. I went back a couple of steps and raised my arms, in a yielding gesture, to let the officer know that there was no need for his aggressive physical handling of me. I said, “Sir you don’t need to touch……,” and prior to me completing my sentence the officer body slammed me to the floor. Then approximately two (2) other officers came and assisted the initial officer, by piling on top of me, and handcuffing me. I received cuts to my forearms and elbow and bruising to my back.
The officers began to state, “You put this on yourself, you put this on yourself.” The officers then lifted me up and they escorted me out of the apartment. My tank came down while being arrested, partially exposing my breasts. I requested the officer to pull my shirt up, especially because people were taking videos and photos, however, the officer refused. When we got to the bottom of the stairs the officers noticed that one of the cuffs had come off of my wrist. At this point the officers aggressively pushed me up against the cement wall, and replaced the handcuff. It is at this point that I received injuries to my forehead and nose, which I have taken pictures of. I also received hospital treatment.
The officers had not informed me why I had been arrested and I was informing the officers that I was going to sue them. The initial officer that slammed me then stated, “Shut the fuck up.” He then told me to get into the police vehicle. I was placed into the police vehicle and transported to the magistrate’s office. I was transported to the magistrate’s officer by an officer different from the initial officer that arrested me.
At the magistrate’s office while handcuffed to a chair, I heard a White female officer (that had searched me), asked where did this happen and who had the party. The White male officer that arrested Taylor and is in a video, replied, “A & T’s ass, reckless motherfuckers.” The White female officer then asked what I was being charged with. The officer that arrested me stated, “I am charging her with assault, she slapped me in the face.” This is the first time I heard of the fabricated assault and what I was being charged with.
I was informed by the magistrate that I had a $250.00 bond. My bond was posted and I was released, and given a court date of May 31, 2013.
April 29, 2013
Mayor Perkins and Greensboro City Council
300 W. Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
RE: Complaints OF Misconduct Against City Of Greensboro Police Officers For
Violations To Include But Not Limited To False Arrest, Assault, General
Conduct, Equal Protection Under The Law
900 E. Washington Street
Bennett College Student
900 E. Washington Street
Bennett College Student
Dear Mayor Perkins and City Council:
On Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, I, Delrisha White, was present at a house party at 1416 E. Washington Street, Apartment 2C, Sebastian Village Apartments. At about 1:00am, the Greensboro Police responded to 1416 E. Washington Street, Apartment 2C. The police were accompanied by security officers that patrol Sebastian Village.
I noticed an altercation that was occurring outside, with the renter of the apartment and the Greensboro Police Department. I noticed that an officer had slammed Taylor Duncan against the wall. I immediately went inside to tell the attendees that it was time to leave the premises. I proceeded to go throughout the apartment to remove visitors. At that point I heard a loud commotion. I immediately went back to the front to see what was going on. I passed an officer inside the apartment, with a taser in his hand, roaming through the apartment, clicking it, intimidating people, telling them to leave.
When I arrived at the living room area, I observed a girl on the floor with several white officers piled on top of her. One officer was observing. Concerned about the young lady on the ground (whom I later found out was Ashley Buchanan), I approached the officer. I asked, “excuse me sir, what is going on and gestured by pointing at the young lady on the ground.” The officer (White) angrily turned to me and yelled, “Would you like to go to jail too? Turn around you are under arrest!” I knew that I hadn't committed a violation, and thought the officer was trying to intimidate me (similar to the officer roaming with his taser). I recognized the officers’ judgment was in error, so I proceeded to turn, walk away and call the police (supervision of the officers on the scene).
The officer then grabbed me from the back, by my hair and t-shirt collar. I pulled away and at that moment understood that the officers were unsafe. The officer continued to pull at my clothing, and I ran out of the apartment to the next apartment. I then used the telephone and called the Greensboro Police Department. I spoke to a dispatcher, and informed him that we needed the boss of the officers at 1416 E. Washington Street, immediately. The dispatcher informed me of the supervisor’s (sergeant’s) name. He also informed me that the sergeant was not on duty, but I could follow up the next day.
After getting off the phone with the dispatcher, I went back to 1416 E. Washington Street Apt. C. I found out that Sergeant Stevens (officers’ supervisor) had arrived on the scene. I started to explain to Sergeant Stevens what was going on. While I was speaking to Sergeant Stevens an officer gave Sergeant Stevens a piece of paper. Shortly after Sergeant Stevens received the paper, I was summoned into the neighbor’s apartment, by my friend. I was then informed that she had overheard (officers talking) that I was going to be arrested.
I was then summoned outside by Sergeant Stevens. He informed me that I had been cooperative and as a result of my cooperation, I was going to be cited for resisting arrest. The officers took my student I.D. to the police vehicle. Shortly after the officer returned with my I.D. and I was informed that they could not find me in the system and would serve papers on me Wednesday (May 1, 2013), at 1416 E. Washington Street Apt. C. I was informed that I did not have to be present to be served.
April 26, 2013
Mayor and City Council
300 W. Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27406
RE: Complaint of Misconduct Against GPD Officers For Violations Of Law And
Violations OF City And GPD Policies Rules And Regulations, To Include
But Not Limited To Equal Protection Under The Law, Unlawful Seizure,
Unlawful Entry And General Conduct
Bennett College Student
NC A&T Student
Bennett College Student
NC A&T Student
Dear Mayor and City Council:
On April 16, 2013 at 12:43am, all four complainants were in asleep at 1416 Washington Street (Sebastian Village) Apartment 1B. We were awakened to a loud knocking and banging at the door. Jasmine Rowe went to the door and before she could check to see who was at the door, she noticed that it was already cracked open. Jasmine then fully opened the door. At this point, GPD officers at the door had weapons drawn and pointed in her face. Jasmine, then jumped back several feet into the living room area. The officers then unlawfully entered the premises of 1416 E. Washington Street, with their guns drawn. They began to demand that Jasmine get down on the fucking floor, and that everyone come out of the rooms, with their hands up.
At this point, Tyquinn, Maurice and Arabia came from out of the rooms and the hallway. The officers began to unlawfully seize us. We were all dressed in pajamas with no shoes. Maurice only had on a pair of underwear. Maurice (Arabia’s boyfriend) held her from going forward, and attempted to walk out in front of her. He had his hands up. The officers continued to tell them to “put your fucking hands up, or we will shoot! Get down to the fucking ground (Conduct violations).” They also instructed the complainants to come out one at a time. The officers continued to shout orders, cursing at us, although we were cooperative. An officer began to shout at Arabia to get on the floor while he handcuffed her. Arabia was handcuffed and taken to a police vehicle outside of her home. Jasmine was handcuffed and taken outside of her home. Maurice was ordered to get down on his knees, in his underwear, and forced to walk on his knees to the door. Maurice was then handcuffed and taken to a police car.
Arabia, Jasmine and Maurice continued to ask the officers why they were there, what had happened, etc. Arabian and Jasmine were not answered until they were returned to the inside of their home. Just before being put into a police vehicle, Maurice asked again what was going on. The officer told him that they were not arrested, but were being detained for a robbery. When Maurice asked for further information, they told him nothing, and left him in the police vehicle for approximately an hour in a pair of underwear. Tyquinn was also handcuffed and taken to police vehicle.
After about ten or fifteen minutes, Arabia and Jasmine were brought back into their residence. Sergeant Sigmon, then explained to us that a Dominoes Delivery driver had been robbed at about 12: 00 am, on Booker Street. Sergeant Sigmon stated that a dog tracked to our door (1416 1B E. Washington Street). Sergeant Sigmon then stated nonchalantly, “We are going to search your house for drugs and guns.” Then Arabia and Jasmine (still handcuffed) asked if he had a search warrant. Sergeant Sigmon lied and stated he could go get one. He stated that it would take four to five hours, and our boyfriends would be detained in the police vehicles until the warrant was secured. It should be noted that a search of the residence was already made for a person, when the officers first entered. There was no reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that Arabia, Jasmine, Maurice or Tyquinn had illegal drugs or weapons or had engaged in illegal activity.
Under duress, we allowed Sergeant Sigmon and the other officers to search our home for drugs and weapons. Jasmine and Arabia were released from the handcuffs and allowed to sit on the couch during the search. The officers secured Jasmine and Arabia’s phones, gave them to the young females and allowed them to retrieve their boyfriend’s phone numbers (the robber had called Domino’s).
After completing a search that yielded nothing, Maurice and Tyqunn were released and allowed to re-enter the premises and the officers left the area.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I did a little research on the new field supervisor for the Local Ordinance Department. His name is Mark Wayman. There isn't much available on the city system because he hasn't done much. It appears that he was hired around March 1, 2013.
One thing we did learn about Mark is he doesn't mind giving orders. Please read the notes about the nuisance violations located at 1215 Kindley St. Read the inspection department notes below. Read more at the inspections site.
BACK YARD IS FULL OF JUNK, THERE IS TRASH ALL OVER THE FRONT AND BACKYARD.
1-29-13...NOONE ANSWERED DOOR....EXTREMELY HEAVY SMELL OF URINE BEFORE I GOT TO FRONT DOOR. CAN SEE ALL KINDS OF TRASH IN BACK YARD BEYOND FENCE BUT DID NOT ENTER YARD. POSTED NOTICE AT MAILBOX..SENDING LETTER...RH 02/11/2013 CC Update yardfull of trash, pleas check front and back yards...
2-14-13...spoke w/mr michael hicks who is in hospital right now and states that he has not been able to clean property due to pneumonia, and he works 3rd shift. i told him i wld like to speak to him next week and we can go from there...rh
2/21/13..attempted calling owner and no answer and voicemail not set up. will go by property again for compliance...rh
2-25-13...MET W/MR. HICKS AT PROPERTY THAT HAS NOT BEEN BROUGHT INTO COMPLIANCE..MR HICKS SAYS THAT FAMILY MEMEBERS (sic) HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HELP CLEAN HOWEVER HAS NOT COMPLETED. MR HICKS HAS HEALTH PROBLEMS WHICH ARE NOT ALLOWING HIM TO DO THE CLEAN UP HIMSELF. BUSHES HAVE NOW BEEN CUT DOWN AND ARE IN YARD BUT NOT IN COMPLIANCE TO BE PICKED UP BY SOLID WASTE AND MR HICKS HAS NO CLUE AS TO WHEN HE CAN FINISH CLEAN UP. I ADVISED I WOULD EXTEND UNTIL NEXT MMONDAY (sic) AND I WILL HAVE A SUPERVISOR GO OUT WITH ME TO HELP ASSESS HOW WE CAN PROCEED. ALSO WILL FORWARD TO A HOUSING INSPECTOR FOR CONCERN ON UNCLEAN AND UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. AS I SPOKE WITH MR HICKS, I NOTICED THAT HE WAS STANDING IN ABOUT A FOOT OF TRASH ON THE INSIDE OF HIS HOME. HE MAY ALSO NEED SOME TYPE OF AGENCY ASSISTANCE TO COMPLY...RH
3-4-13...met w/chris and b harris at property. owner did not come to door but violations are still present. b harris advised me to have Mark advise me on how to move further. chris will be sending a letter to see if he can get inspection inside house due to conditions i found on my inspection...rh
3/8/13...mark and i met and spoke w/mr hicks at property where violations still are. yard waste has now been removed by solid waste...rh
3-13-13...VIOLATIONS STILL PRESENT, CLOSING WITH NO FURTHER ACTION PER MARK WAYMAN...RH
Denise has this one covered. The Heritage House inspections have gone bad. Seems like there are major questions concerning the exacts of the re inspections that took place. The city managers office wants to know if the inspections took place and they will get to the bottom of it. How? By letting a friend of the person in question investigate. Mark Wayman is the field supervisor that is going to the Heritage House today to check and see if Lori Loosemore did the inspections or pretended to do the inspections. The problem with that is Wayman and Loosemore are tight. They are buddies.
They have served together on NCACHO and now they get to work together. Yipee! Don't expect anything other than a simple misunderstanding to come out of this. Nice job, Sue. You have covered your ass again. This time you didn't even have to use the old fire investigation card. There is a culture of corruption in the planning department and today it is roaring with delight!
Mayor and Members of Council,
The City is continuing to address concerns with the Heritage House apartment complex. In responding to a request for public records from Ben Holder, a discrepancy in reporting the re-inspections of some units within the complex was discovered.
As you are aware, the City inspected all 177 units in December, 2012. To date, 129 of the units are in compliance with City code. For those not in compliance, the Planning and Community Development Department (PCD) established a date of February 25, 2013, for property owners to make repairs and to be re-inspected.
According to the City’s Code Enforcement Administrator, the units were re-inspected and 32 were granted time extensions to continue making repairs. However, the documentation of those re-inspections and extensions was not compiled or updated in the City’s tracking system until yesterday, April 2, 2013. Subsequently, those updates were also not logged into the City’s code compliance web portal, which can be accessed by the public.
Because there are questions regarding the timing and reporting of the re-inspections, PCD is sending a field supervisor to Heritage House to conduct a follow up of each unit. The field supervisor will double-check to ensure the re-inspections occurred and to conduct inspections as needed. The City will update the status of each unit and provide notes on the re-inspections process.
We are gathering information to learn more about the gap in the reporting of the re-inspections and to understand why the tracking system was not updated. We will take the appropriate corrective actions to ensure the problems do not exist in the future.
In addition, we understand that Fox 8 plans to do a story on Thursday about the status of the re-inspections. The City will work with the news station to provide updated information and to address concerns about the re-inspections process.
Attached is the latest records update and I will provide information regarding the re-inspections process as it becomes available.
Denise Turner Roth
City of Greensboro
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
From the GPD:
From October 2012 to present, GPD has received 657 CFS for the nature “Discharge of Firearm.” 292 of these CFS were cleared as “unfounded”. A large portion of the time CFS for the nature “Discharge of Firearm” end up being fireworks or similar activities in which a firearm was not actually involved. We have no existing record to fulfill the request for the number of people shot.
Posted by Glenwood on 4/03/2013
Look at the fleas on Fluffy! Remember the Heritage House Inspection? If you do, you are doing better than the inspections department.
I looked into the inspections at the Heritage House yesterday and found some disturbing things. What I learned is listed below.
1. All of the cases have been put under inspector Lori Loosemore
2. As of yesterday, more than 50% of the units inspected in 12/12 had not been corrected.
3. As of yesterday, the inspections system showed the units were due to be repaired by 2/25/13.
4. The units to be repaired by 2/25/13 were all showing a red highlight yesterday. That red highlight means the cases were more than 30 days over due. According to the information available in the system yesterday, more than 50% of the units had been inspected in 12/12 and nothing else had been done. The notes showed no extension nor re inspection.
5. I called inspections and spoke with a staff member to make sure I was reading things correctly. After cross checking the system together, we both agreed that the red meant the cases were more than 30 days over due. We also agreed that the notes indicated nothing had happened since the initial inspection in 12/12.
6. I called Donnie Turlington to report my findings and asked about the status of a public records request. I told Donnie I had confirmed my findings with a staff member regarding the lack of action for more than 50% of the units inspected in 12/12. I told Donnie that this was horrible. I told Nancy Vaughan about this and I also told Donnie I would be speaking about this at the council meeting.
7. Donnie called Lori Loosemore and talked with her about my concerns.
8. I did not speak at the meeting about this because Donnie gave me a document (which appears to be a hurried cover your ass document) that was created by Lori Loosemore right before the meeting. I wanted to check the system again before I spoke about this matter.
9. After checking the system today it appears that all of the cases were changed yesterday after I alerted Donnie Turlington of the problem. All of the cases now show that they were reinspected on 4/2/2013 and now have a due date of 5/3/13.
10. I know that Lori Loosemore got word that I had learned the inspections were not being done and she quickly changed each units due date to 5/3/13.
How did all of the units that were shown as 30 days over due at 3:35pm yesterday get extensions and new inspection dates? I urge you to go review the system for yourself so you can see how cases involving 310 W. Meadowview were all changed yesterday AFTER I brought this to Donnie's attention. All of the cases in the system regarding this matter were updated on 4/2/13. Why?
Posted by Glenwood on 4/03/2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
From the city: "Mr. Ingram and Mr. Walker are roster employees. Their hiring actions are governed by City HR practices which do not require these positions to be advertised. They each earn $25 per hour to assist with processing public information requests."
Walker was an Assistant Chief and Ingram was a Captain. Top Police brass brought back to assist with processing public information requests? That's not very encouraging.
Posted by Glenwood on 3/15/2013