It appears that Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the majority of the Greensboro City Council are hoping that if they ignore the domestic violence incident involving City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba at his home on Dec. 28, it will go away.
It has been over a month since the incident happened and the City Council has not discussed the matter publicly or reportedly in closed session.
However, a number of people still have questions about what took place and how the information was kept from the public for almost a month.
Amiel Rossabi of Rossabi Law Partners filed a lengthy request for public records with the Greensboro Public Information Request Tracking (PIRT) system related to the incident on Monday, Jan. 29.
Rossabi is the attorney for the Greensboro Police Officers Association (GPOA), but in this public records request Rossabi said that he was not acting on behalf of the GPOA.
Along with being filed with the PIRT system, the public records request was sent to Vaughan, the eight city councilmembers, Jaiyeoba, Greensboro Police Chief John Thompson and Assistant City Manager Trey Davis.
The request is detailed, with parts (a) through (f). Part (c) is a request for “Copies of any notes, recordings, emails, texts, documents, electronic mail and communications of any kind between or among any of the people to whom this PIRT is directed related to the Incident, including and without limitations (i) communications between or among the Chief of Police, the City Manager, the Deputy City Manager and any other city employees regarding the decision NOT to make any public records about the Incident; (ii) communications about the 911 call related to the Incident; and (iii) communications about how to “cover up” the Incident and treat it differently than all other domestic violence incidents because it involved the City Manager.”
The public records request also asks for “Documents reflecting the names of the City Employees and Council members who were made aware of the Incident before January 15, 2024, and also “Cell phone records of the City Manager, Deputy City Manager (Trey Davis), the Chief of Police and the Mayor for the period December 28, 2023 – December 31.”
The bulk of the request does not ask for public records about the incident itself, but about how the information, about a domestic disturbance involving the city manager to the degree that he reportedly dislocated his shoulder, was kept from the public.
Someone decided that rather than file a police report on this incident by computer, thus making it available to the public, that a highly unusual handwritten report should be filed in this case that involved the city manager.