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Greensboro City Officials Discuss Lawsuits Filed By Current/Former Police Officers

6:39 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- It's been a case that has been in and out of the news for almost a decade.

The story first came to light during the summer of 2005. That's when several black officers alleged they were being targeted by then Police Chief David Wray and his 'Special Unit'.

The city manager at the time was Mitchell Johnson. Johnson and Wray had a private conversation about the allegations and shortly after, Johnson locked Wray out of his office and put him on administrative leave.

A transcript of that "private" conversation is now public. 

Read: Transcript of conversation between Johnson and Wray

David Wray eventually resigned as chief of police and filed a civil lawsuit against the city. Several of the officers also filed lawsuits against the city.

All lawsuits are still pending. Tuesday, city officials and the city's attorney met to discuss how to move forward.

Council member Zack Matheny told WFMY News 2 officials were updated on the lawsuits, but he could not say much more because of the pending litigation.

The city has two options: Fight the lawsuits or settle them in court. On Tuesday, Matheny seemed to be leaning toward fighting the lawsuits. "I have grave concern about just throwing money at something and sweeping it under the rug so it goes away. I think we need to have more information to come out. If we're a community that needs to heal, then, in healing, we need to have transparency," Matheny said.

WFMY News 2 first reported in February 2012 that Greensboro has already spent $1.8 million fighting the lawsuits.

Full Story: Lawsuits Against City of Greensboro

To find other background stories on this case you can view more stories on digtriad.

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