• 28°

NAACP requests meeting with City Council

SALISBURY — Mayor Paul Woodson said he did respond to a request from the NAACP president to meet with City Council, even though Scott Teamer accused him Tuesday night of not replying to a letter.
Teamer told City Council on Tuesday he was still waiting for a real response to his letter asking for a meeting to discuss a civilian review board of the Salisbury Police Department.
The Post on Wednesday obtained copies of Teamer’s letter and Woodson’s reply.
In a letter dated Jan. 16, Teamer told Woodson that several people have complained to the NAACP about police misbehavior “that necessitates your urgent consideration.”
“The police department has informed us that the most current complaints are under investigation,” he said. “It is our estimation that the past internal investigations have resulted in little or no penalty.”
Teamer said the NAACP is concerned about police presence in the African American community and the department’s lack of transparency, as well as “little or no effort made to correspond with us on concerns we have relating to police matters.”
The department has been plagued with issues for more than 20 years, he said. While the NAACP several times has met with various city officials, the meetings “created very little progress,” Teamer said, and asked to meet with the entire council.
In a Jan. 28 reply to Teamer, Woodson wrote that City Council meetings are required to be open to the public, and a majority of council members “would not be able to legally meet with you in the same manner that our city manager, assistant city manager and council representative have been able to meet with you.”
Regarding the request for a civilian review board, Woodson said state law restricts what officials can disclose to the public about disciplinary decisions. Only the General Assembly can grant the ability to share this information with a civilian review board, not City Council, he said.
To date, only four cities have been granted the authority to establish a civilian review board, Woodson said.
“I can assure you that we fully understand and appreciate your goals as the city’s NAACP president, and I have enjoyed our conversations since you began work in that capacity,” he wrote.
City Council on Tuesday eventually agreed to hold a meeting in the West End with the neighborhood and NAACP. The date has not been set, but Woodson said he would like to meet in May.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Political Notebook: Interim health director to talk COVID-19 at county Democrats breakfast

Local

‘Their names liveth forevermore:’ Officials dedicate Fire Station No. 6 to fallen firefighters Monroe, Isler

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking into Salisbury high, getting juvenile to help

Nation/World

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week