GPD press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2008
CONTACT: Chief T. R. Bellamy
Chief of Police
RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS
Today, public allegations were made that during the administration of Former Chief of Police David Wray, a member of the Greensboro Police Department ordered the destruction of police records related to the November 3, 1979 Nazi-Klan murders. The police department has reviewed the anonymous allegations and is discussing them with the Guilford County District Attorney to determine if the nature of the allegations would constitute a criminal violation if substantiated.
In September of 2007, allegations were brought to the attention of Chief of Police Tim Bellamy regarding the possible destruction of documents related to the 1979 incident. Chief Bellamy met with Rev. Nelson Johnson and requested more information or evidence that this had occurred, but no evidence was produced or persons identified that were willing to talk to Chief Bellamy or investigators.
Between August 2005 and February 2006 the Greensboro Police Department provided numerous documents related to the November 3, 1979 incident to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as requested.They were contained in 49 bound volumes.