By Lindell John Kay
Thursday, March 31, 2016
I’ve gotten to know more than a few police chiefs in my decade as a news reporter. Most of them were good people, a few weren’t and I even helped lock up one for murder.
The best compliment I’ve ever received came inadvertently from a police chief who told me his hair had turned gray because of me.
None of the other chiefs I’ve known were quite as effective as Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams.
During his three years on the job, violent offenses and property crimes declined. Each year there were fewer reported robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies and acts of vandalism. Crime decreased so much so that Tarboro was recently named one of North Carolina’s safest cities by a national home security company.
Williams brought Tarboro into the 21st century while holding onto his small town charm. He instituted walk and talk patrols, forcing his officers to park, get out of their vehicles and meet folks.
Williams also practiced swarm patrols — if a neighborhood was having a problem with break-ins, he flooded that area with cops until the culprits were caught.
Williams established an anti-gang taskforce, a local version of National Night Out, a Citizens Police Academy and the Police Explorer Program to mentor elementary students.
He held informal meetings with the public, called Coffee with the Chief, where he listened to what folks had to say about what was going on in their neighborhoods. He was instrumental in helping to establish basic law enforcement training at Edgecombe Community College.
Williams showed leadership under pressure during a triple-homicide shooting spree last year and composure while dealing with the media storm that followed.
But despite Williams’ many accomplishments, there was always a certain element of local governance that tried to devalue his contributions and destroy his character. Each and every month at town council meetings, Williams must have felt like he was trapped in a Franz Kafka novel, always on trial but never being told what crime he was accused of committing.
I won’t guess as to that certain element’s motives. They don’t pay me to speculate. But I can say a local woman told me that certain element stood in her living room and swore to run Williams out of town.
Now Williams, Tarboro’s first black police chief, is leaving. He took a better paying job running a bigger police department.
That certain element might think it won, but with Williams’ departure, the real losers are the citizens of Tarboro.
Source: Rocky Mount Telegram
If my wife, my daughter, my grandchildren (girls) and your wife, your daughter and your grandchildren (girls) goes in a bathroom no man need to be in there at the same time if he has a PENIS. I don’t care how he is dressed.
Now you can twist that all you like but makes no sense to me to be even having a discussion about what bathroom folk should be able to use and I don’t care what race, gender and/etc. a person is. I am 53 years old and I have never had a problem with using a bathroom designated for boys and men.
But then to connect all of the other discriminatory mess to the H2 Bill is just IGNANT!
Taro Knight Interim Mayor/City Councilman during the March Tarboro Town Council regular monthly meeting.
Please honor his wishes. When I seen his lovely caring wife post a couple of days ago about my friend Taro Knight being sick I reached out to her in her inbox. She shared with me what was going on with him and I said to her to tell him he is going to be just fine and that I am just a phone call away.
On Wednesday morning at work when I went to break I seen I had a message from Taro and I was overwhelmed to call him. I didn’t get him right then on my 10 minute break but he called me back before I had to go back to work. Wow!
My friend shared with me he was going through but he was going to fight it. I said to him I would be praying for him and that he was going to be just fine. He said he wanted to let me know what was going on and I told him I had talked to his wife. He said stay in touch.
I told my friend that I would and that I would not be coming to see him but would be coming to check on the family to see if they need anything. Been working 10 hours and then had to go to New Bern after work yesterday because my mother in law was ill.
Going to work at 6 AM and got to video a funeral at 2 PM. I am going to go visit the sick after the funeral.
Again please honor Taro’s wishes. He do not need anyone to visit to see what he look like or to see that he is having a temporary situation. He is going to win this but only with folk being respectful.
I understand Taro was on the radio on Monday also sharing his temporary situation and said honor his wife call for him to not have any visitors. They have shared what his current situation is so allow him to go through this and at the end of the day he will share his testimony with us.
Also know that Kim takes care of her elderly mother as well so also keep her in prayer as she has much to deal with.
God will ………
Original message From Vernal Kimberly Knight
With that being said Overseer Vernice Alexander-Dingle….. Woke on this beautiful blessed day praising God ALmighty for his many blessings and favor. I’m asking again Please please please honor the Drs wishes and not visit Taro physically. There are so many ways to reach out to him these days. He has acute myeloid leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow. It is very treatable; however he is tAking chemotherapy and his immune system is extremely low. I’m not laying.any blame anywhere but he has contacted a bacterial infection now and they are treating it but we really need everyone to cooperate with us and his team of Drs please. The greatest news is that he is still in good spirits so keep the prayers a d calls coming. We love you all and God bless!