Despite the wishes of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, it doesn’t appear the domestic violence incident involving City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba on Dec. 28, 2023 is going away any time soon.

As the situation currently stands, the police body-worn camera videos from that incident are being made available for city councilmembers and selected city staff to view, but are not available to the public.

Under North Carolina law, police body-worn camera videos can only be released by an order from a Superior Court judge.  On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the City of Greensboro filed a request that the police body-worn camera videos of the officers that responded to the 911 call from 10 Postbridge Court on Dec. 28, 2023 and from the officers that responded “on or about Dec. 30, 2023 and Jan. 5, 2023, all of which are regarding an alleged assault occurring at this address involving Taiwo Jaiyeoba, the Greensboro City Manager, and two of his adult daughters.”

It also requests the police body-worn camera videos from the officers who “responded to a request to escort two people to 10 Postbridge Court, Greensboro NC on or about December 29, 2023 so that these individuals could collect their belongings.”

On Monday, Feb. 12, Superior Court Judge Stuart Albright granted the request that the police body-worn camera videos be released for viewing by the Greensboro City Council and selected city staff.

Greensboro Police Officers Association attorney Amiel Rossabi requested that the police body-worn camera videos be released to the public but agreed to have that request be held over to Monday, Feb. 19, when a request made by the News & Record that the police body-worn camera videos be released to the public is heard.

Rossabi said, “We want it released unedited to the public.”

He said, “My position with response to body-worn camera videos is the same position we take every time.”

Rossabi added, “We want it released to everybody. We don’t trust them taking it out of context. It’s the same position I have taken 20 or 25 times.”

Rossabi said that the wording of the request from the city was particularly interesting in that it states, “The City Council wishes to review the BWC to confirm that policy, common practices, and North Carolina law were followed considering the incident and event described above involving Mr. Jaiyeoba.”

Rossabi said that the use of the word “to confirm” rather than “to determine” indicated the City Council had already made up its mind about the events.