Former Police Chief David Wray Sues City Of Greensboro

9:49 AM, Jan 5, 2009   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Former Greensboro police chief David Wray is suing the city and the city manager Mitchell Johnson for violating his civil rights.

The move comes just days before the three-year anniversary of Wray's resignation.

According to David Wray's attorney, Ken Keller, the lawsuit was filed in Superior Court on Friday January 2, 2009.

In the suit, Wray claims he was discriminated against because he was white. Wray claims the city manager undermined his authority and made working conditions intolerable.

Johnson said Sunday that he "strongly disagrees" with the claims. He said he was not surprised Wray filed a lawsuit against the city because Wray's lawyer had been "threatening" a lawsuit.

Johnson said he was surprised about the allegations against him.

He said he followed city policy and there is "no basis for any kind of charge of discrimination."

Johnson said he has read the lawsuit, but has not yet talked to an attorney.

Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson said the city attorney called her to tell her about the lawsuit.

She said it was "not totally a surprise."

Mayor Johnson said it will be left to the courts to decide.

"Maybe that's one way to close this whole thing," she said.


Wray resigned in January 2006, amid a racial profiling scandal in the Greensboro Police Department.

City Manager Mitch Johnson said Wray denied the existence of a binder known as the "Black Book" and asked to have it secured by a subordinate.

Black police officers alleged that same "Black Book" was used to target them for unsubstantiated investigations.

Wray wants to the city to pay for the legal expenses he incurred during lawsuits two police officers filed against him. He is also asking the court to order the plaintiffs pay damages of more than $10,000 for loss of compensation and pain and suffering.




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