Wednesday, January 11, 2006



I believe I predicted that FORMER GPD Chief "Davey-Boy" Wray would wind up like Gerald "Stop'em if they're darker than snow" Hege, but I didn't know it would be this soon.

Looks like he took the "Nixon" way out and resigned.

City Manager Mitchell Johnson was STRAIGHT GANGSTA and locked ol' boy out of his OWN OFFICE! Wray had to fax his resignation from KINKO'S!!


Here's some news about it here (while the links last):





Here's the story, courtesy of The Greensboro News & Record.

Greensboro police chief quits with 'great regret'

By Eric J.S. Townsend, Staff Writer

GREENSBORO -- Police Chief David A. Wray resigned Monday amidst turmoil over a "secret police" unit, irregularities in personnel matters and an independent report investigating possible misconduct on the part of some department leaders.
Assistant Chief Tim Bellamy was named acting chief.

Greensboro Chief of Police David Wray "My job is to carry on the police department until we name a permanent chief," Bellamy said. He declined to say whether he will pursue the job. "I want the public to know that we'll give the best professional service we can give with the resources we have. "Wray announced his resignation to city officials at 8:30 a.m. In a letter faxed to media a half-hour later, Wray cited lost confidence -- especially from the city manager -- in his ability to lead the department. "Certain events during the last several months have created controversy," Wray said in the statement. "During this period I have at all times acted in what I believed to be the best interest of the department and the community, attempting to find balance between a number of conflicting interests. "The result, however, is that the city manager and some others have lost confidence and trust in my ability to lead. This is my great regret."

His departure came just days after City Manager Mitchell Johnson changed the locks on the chief's office and told media Wray needed to gain access through him. That action Friday came a month after Johnson stripped Wray of his authority to fire or promote, and after the city attorney's office commissioned a report by a consulting firm charged with investigating claims of internal racial profiling by the Special Intelligence Section. Dubbed the "secret police" by the rank and file, the unit investigates and monitors gangs and hate groups. It also provides security for city leaders and visiting dignitaries. Wray could not be reached for further comment Monday. "I have not been successful in dealing with all of the issues which have come before me," he said in his statement, which was faxed to media outlets from a FedEx Kinko's on Battleground Avenue. "I take responsibility for these failures."

In a press conference nearly two hours after Wray resigned, Johnson declined to take questions from media, citing personnel laws before making a brief statement announcing the resignation. "I have the greatest respect for the men and women of our police department, and all of my actions are reflective of the desires of council and my office to address any issues which are inconsistent with the core values of our organization," Johnson said. The issues include the manner in which Wray and his top command staff handled internal investigations.

The consulting firm hired by the city, Risk Management Associates, was paid $140 an hour to help interview officers, review documents and conduct lie detector tests.Reaction to the resignation was immediate. William Hill, an attorney and spokesman for the Greensboro Police Officer's Association, praised Johnson for acting on officer concerns. The group had long criticized the chief for what they say was his refusal to heed concerns over patrol schedules, among other issues. "His administration has been in trouble for quite some time, so it doesn't surprise us at all," Hill said Monday. "It is time now to move forward with the business of protecting the public and getting behind the new chief."

Other people weren't thrilled to see the longtime police officer leave. Wayne Willard, who helps lead the Randleman Road Area Business Association, said Wray helped start a 2003 initiative to combat blight in part of south Greensboro. "He was instrumental in working with Project 2400 ... which decreased crime in this area significantly," Willard said of the effort, named for the block of Randleman Road that generated hundreds of police calls each year. "He stands behind what he thinks is right." Left unanswered are questions over other figures in the situation. Johnson declined to answer whether any officers had been disciplined as a result of the comprehensive report. The fate of Lt. James Hinson is also unknown, at least to the public. Wray suspended Hinson, an African American lieutenant, with pay in June after Hinson found Special Intelligence following him during a shift. He is still on suspension. Plainclothes officers from the section, in coordination with a retired detective rehired on contract, had placed a tracking device on Hinson's cruiser. Joe Williams, Hinson's lawyer, soon alleged the unit was targeting black officers for unfair discipline. Hinson has referred questions to Williams. "Within a reasonable period of time, he expects to go back to work," Williams said Monday. He added that he was satisfied with the resignation. "It restores my faith in our system of justice."Guilford District Attorney Doug Henderson said Monday that his office is not involved in the investigation into personnel irregularities in the police department and that no criminal investigation is under way.

Staff writer Eric Collins contributed to this story.

Contact Eric J.S. Townsend at 373-7008 or


And to think, this ALL started when he suspended this brotha, Lt. James "Herc" Hinson:

Damn, Dave...

Hey, Davey-Boy, "Connect the dots!"



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