The Greensboro Police Officers Association issued a press release on Thursday, Oct. 14 titled, “The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) is under attack.”
The release notes that Office D.A. Young was nearly shot on Monday, Oct. 11 when attempting to make a traffic stop. And that in the past year two GPD officers were targets of pre-meditated assaults. It states, “In other words, they were lured to a location, ambushed and/or caught by a surprise, intentional attack. But, for the training, resourcefulness and quick appropriate action of the GPD, the officers were likely to be killed while simply doing their jobs. The GPD is one of the highest rated police departments in the State of North Carolina and the Southeast. The GPOA expresses frustration and incredulity at the lack of outcry against the attack on police officers and the lack of support for our officers.”
The release asks the leadership of Greensboro to make public statements in support of the GPD and in condemnation of attacks both physical and verbal against GPD officers.
It also asks the Greensboro City Council to adequately fund the Police Department noting that GPD officers are leaving “on a weekly basis for neighboring and other local police departments where they experience significantly less danger on a daily basis, a much reduced workload and the same (and often greater) compensation. The GPD is currently understaffed by approximately 100 officers!”
The release also asked that full body worn camera videos be released to the public, “not just edited portions taken out of context.”
It states, “We trust citizens (even without Basic Law Enforcement Training) to view this footage, themselves, and come to their own conclusions. As a result, the GPOA has consistently demanded, requested, and petitioned the court for the public release of ALL body worn camera footage so it can be reviewed, unedited, by the public.”
Currently, state law prohibits the release of any police body worn camera videos to the public without a court order. The Greensboro City Council recently had to go to court to obtain permission to view police body worn camera videos that are evidence in the wrongful death lawsuit the parents of Marcus Deon Smith filed against the city.