The Greensboro Police Department confirmed in a press release that City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba did call Police Chief John Thompson on Dec. 28, 2023, when police officers were responding to 911 calls from Jaiyeoba’s home.

The press release on Friday, Feb. 16 at 5:04 p.m. is a marvel of obfuscation.

According to the press release, “The city manager called Chief Thompson to notify him of the incident shortly after it occurred. Chief Thompson asked him if someone had contacted 911. Chief Thompson then spoke with the first responding officer on scene and instructed them to deescalate the situation, if necessary, separate the parties, document all interviews, and that the watch commander (the highest ranking officer on duty at the time) would be en route.”

The next sentence in the press release states, “At no time did Mr. Jaiyeoba or anyone from the city manager’s office ask that GPD deviate from its normal investigative procedures.” It does not state who else from the “city manager’s office” was in touch with the police on the night of Dec. 28.

From the press release it would appear that the “normal investigative procedures” for police responding to 911 calls about a domestic disturbance is for the responding officer to be handed a phone with the police chief on the line on arrival at the scene and then for the police chief to dispatch the highest ranking officer on duty to the scene of that domestic disturbance.

It may be true that, as the press release states, Jaiyeoba and others in the city manager’s office did not specifically ask the Police Department “to deviate from its normal investigative procedures.”

But the very fact that the responding officers, instead of dealing with the situation as they found it, were instead dealing with the police chief on the phone, telling them what to do, is a deviation from how most domestic disturbance 911 call responses are handled.

Despite what the city claims, it is not the “normal investigative procedure” for the watch commander to respond to domestic disturbance calls.

Then, of course, there is the matter of the missing police report that, according to the press release, was not missing at all. According to the press release, “An incident report was entered into our digital database on Dec. 29 and online access was restricted among department employees and the public due to the sensitive information within it. A printed copy of the incident report from the digital database was available upon request.”

Except that the written report wasn’t available upon request until elected officials and senior city staff insisted that it be released.

So, according to the press release, the two 911 calls about a domestic disturbance at Jaiyeoba’s house were handled just like the hundreds of other domestic disturbance calls that are made in Greensboro – with the exception that the responding police officers spoke to the police chief by phone when they arrived on the scene, the “highest ranking officer on duty at the time” was dispatched to the call, a senior investigator was assigned to investigate the call and consult with the district attorney’s office, and as a result no charges were filed.

And while a police report was reportedly filed, it was not made available to the public.

So the 911 calls from Jaiyeoba’s home were handled just like every other 911 call about a domestic disturbance is handled, with the notable exception that very little about the police response was handled like the police response to a normal domestic disturbance 911 call.