Mitchell Johnson said he and former City Manager Ed Kitchen had received assurances from Wray that the focus on Hinson was the result of a highly sensitive, multijurisdictional criminal investigation that Wray dared not compromise.
In September 2005, Wray ordered a third investigation of Hinson to be done by two former Internal Affairs officers, D.C. Thacker and D.A. Wyrick, hired back solely for that purpose.
Their report, released Tuesday night, would ultimately clear Hinson for a third time, although Mitchell Johnson would not learn of that finding until months later.
Nothing new there: the City's case is that the Chief of Police misled his superiors about the multijurisdictional and internal investigations of James Hinson. If that is true, Wray had to go. If it is not -- if there was a multijurisdictional investigation involving Hinson, and if Wray did inform Johnson that Hinson had been cleared again, then those serious allegations go away.
Does Wray stand by his claim about the multijurisdictional investigation? If so, is there some proof of his claim? Does Wray claim that he did in fact tell his superiors that Hinson had been cleared by internal investigations? Is there documentation of any meetings between City officials and Wray in which this subject was discussed?
UPDATE: Documents released Oct 2 posted at City website.