Greensboro belatedly and begrudgingly released some of the public records that pertain to an incidence of domestic violence at the home of Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba on Dec. 28.
However, some of the documents finally released raise as many questions as they answered.
The police report is a paper report. The Greensboro police, like pretty much everyone else in the modern world, quit using paper a long time ago. Reports are filed by computer. So why is the report from the city manager’s house on paper? Is it because Jaiyeoba is Police Chief John Thompson’s boss and requested that the police report not be filed in the system where it would be available to the public?
If that isn’t the case, why wasn’t the report available on the website where police reports are made available to the public?
Why did it take over a week for the city to release one of the 911 calls about the incident?
A check of the city’s public records system shows that six out of the seven requests for 911 calls were completed the same day the request was made. The other report was completed the day after the report was made.
However, a request from the Rhino Times for the 911 call on Dec. 29 concerning the incident at Jaiyeoba’s house was made on Monday, Jan. 15 and completed at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. There was no response to a call made on Monday, Jan. 22 to check on the status of the request. The public records request was only fulfilled after calls were made to Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Attorney Chuck Watts. It is worth noting that Watts, like Jaiyeoba, reports directly to the City Council. Watts and his staff are the only city employees that don’t work for Jaiyeoba.
In the 911 call on Dec. 28, the caller states that she hit Jaiyeoba and pushed him and that his arm was broken. Those familiar with the case say that Jaiyeoba’s arm was not broken but his shoulder was dislocated. However, that is an injury that requires medical treatment.
In a normal domestic violence call, those with law enforcement experience say that an injury of that magnitude would result in an arrest.
The paper police report lists three victims, Taiwo Jaiyeoba and two of his daughters, Ileri Jaiyeoba and Moyo Jaiyeoba. Three victims but no arrests. This, according to experienced law enforcement personnel, is extremely unusual and violates the policies of the Greensboro Police Department. Why were no arrests made?
While being involved in a domestic violence incident may not reflect on Jaiyeoba’s ability to serve as city manager, if Jaiyeoba used his influence to receive special treatment, not only from the Police Department, but also from the public records division of the Greensboro Public Library system, those are issues that reflect directly on his ability to serve as city manager.
There is evidence that in this particular instance Jaiyeoba used his position as the boss to get special treatment that would not be available to the people of Greensboro who pay taxes and therefore pay his salary.
Perhaps there is another explanation for why this case of domestic violence was handled so differently from the hundreds of other cases the Greensboro Police Department deals with every year. And, also why the public records requests about this incident were not handled the way other public records requests are handled.
There are many rumors going around town about what really happened on Dec. 28 at 10 Postbridge Court. The Greensboro City Council has a duty to the residents of Greensboro to find out what the truth is and make an announcement about its findings.
If Jaiyeoba did not use his influence to receive special treatment, he should welcome an opportunity to put the facts before his employer the Greensboro City Council and the people of Greensboro.