GREENSBORO, NC -- Here on the Good Morning Show, we like to get updates on what's happening in our cities directly from city leaders.
So this morning, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan joined Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about what's going on in Greensboro! We started by talking about last week's city council meeting. Protesters showed up in support of Jose Charles and the Police Citizens Review Board. They interrupted the meeting and Mayor Vaughan stopped the meeting early. The mayor doesn't make review board decisions -- that's the city manager -- but we asked what she could say about that situation and the fallout?
Mayor Vaughan said council members did get all the city business completed that night. But they didn't get to do the expanded speakers from the floor segment. She said, "I understand what their frustration is. They would like us to release the video. Unfortunately, Mr. Charles was 15 at the time that this occurred and and there are very strict rules surrounding minors, for very good reasons. Not only will the judge not allow us to speak about the video, at this point it doesn't appear they would release the video because he's a minor." She also said, the council wants to be transparent. They have released videos before, but the rules regarding videos involving minors put them in an interesting position.
We also asked Mayor Vaughan about a lawsuit filed by former Greensboro Police Chief David Wray. The actual lawsuits got dismissed. But Wray paid $220,000 for his own defense and wants the city to pay those fees. The State Supreme Court heard the case Tuesday. So we asked Mayor Vaughan if there was anything she could say about the city's position on the case.
She said, "Can't say anything yet because I don't believe there's been a decision. This is probably one of the longest ongoing court cases now with the city. I believe the city's position is they don't want to pay the fees because he was acting outside of the scope of his regular job."
While the mayor was in studio, we also switched gears to a lighter topic. Since school is about to be out for the summer, that'll mean more teenagers out and about. She said the city has a great Summer Night Lights (SNL) program. She said last year 5,200 teens came through the program, which is put on by the libraries, the city's parks and recreation and Greensboro Police. SNL activities start and end at different times, and are open to all Guilford County youth ages 13-18. For more information on the schedule, click here.
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