On Monday, Feb. 26, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour signed an order for the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) to release, by Monday, March 4, the body-worn camera (BWC) videos from the GPD officers who responded to 911 calls reporting a domestic disturbance at the home of Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba on Dec. 28, 2023.

Also on Monday, Feb. 26, Jaiyeoba, through his attorney James Quander, filed a motion to intervene in the court action that ordered that release of the BWC videos.

The request to have the BWC videos released was filed by the News & Record on Feb. 5, after the News & Record announced on Jan. 26 that it would be filing such action in North Carolina Superior Court.

The hearing before Judge Baddour was held on Feb. 19. The News & Record was represented by Mike Tadych of Stevens Martin Vaughan and Tadych. Attorneys from the Greensboro city attorney’s office opposed the release at that hearing. Amiel Rossabi, as the attorney for the Greensboro Police Officers Association, represented the six police officers whose BWC videos were the subject of the hearing and advocated for full release of the BWC videos.

On Feb. 20, Judge Baddour made the ruling that the BWC videos would be released, and on Feb. 21 he amended that ruling setting the date for the release as March 4, and the order was signed on Feb. 26.

Jaiyeoba, as a private citizen, was not represented by an attorney at the hearing on Feb. 19.

The motion to intervene sets the court hearing on that motion as Monday, March 4, the same day the court has ordered that the BWC videos be released to the News & Record. As of Wednesday, Feb. 28, there had been no motion filed to stay the release of the BWC videos and no appeal of the ruling by Judge Baddour had been filed.

The motion to intervene states, “This motion is timely and will not delay the resolution of the contested case or impair the orderly and prompt conduct of this case.”

However, it is difficult to understand how a motion to intervene in a case after the judge has ruled and signed the order to release the BWC videos would not “delay the resolution of the contested case.”