The victims of the GPD double standards and lack of professionalism are usually the poor, disenfranchised, minority persons, or anyone who seeks to question the actions of the police. Those that merely question police actions are targeted, both inside and outside of the GPD.
There are many dedicated and committed police officers in the GPD. They come from all different races and ethnic groups. But culture is a strong force in life that pulls and compels people into compliance with its own standards and practices. There were thousands of wonderful and committed southern whites in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s but the power of the “segregationist” culture made it difficult for these committed whites to cross the line toward racial justice. Fortunately, a few brave whites during that period did cross the line and stood up for justice, but they paid a price for it. They became the objects of attacks and ridicule. That is the type of cultural atmosphere present in the GPD now.
Some recent corrupt actions taken by the GPD are the following:
39 minority officers are suing the City of Greensboro and the GPD regarding a “black book” with pictures of black officers utilized as a tool to produce charges of misconduct against minority officers.
The Chief of Police wrote a derogatory e-mail to a citizen proclaiming that he (chief) would not respond to the citizen. Upon complaint, no investigation was conducted.
The current GPD Chief orchestrated a police operation to arrest two law abiding citizens to quell their freedom of speech. The targeted individuals were informed by GPD officers. No investigation of this complaint occurred.
The Former City Manager place a falsehood regarding a citizen in an official document, and used this information to terminate a minority officer.
They were held overnight because they had supposedly been drinking. The young men were not charged with any traffic offense, DWI, drinking charge, given a breath test, roadside test, or even asked if they had been drinking.
An example of the GPD’s targeting of Mr. Cornell includes him being charged with 18 felonies and not being convicted of one of the charges.
Merely because the BCC questioned some police actions.
This was because he wrote grievances alleging discrimination.
He was subsequently terminated.
The officers merely filed complaints of discriminatory treatment within the GPD. It was revealed that the GPD Professional Standards Division (Internal Affairs) section actually “fix” investigations (to produce their desired outcome), and in some cases, ignore complaints, providing no investigation at all.