Calvin Mercer | 210 Quail Hollow Rd. | Greenville | NC | 27858
Calvin Mercer | 210 Quail Hollow Rd. | Greenville | NC | 27858
GREENVILLE — Greenville Police Chief William Anderson will be leaving the Greenville Police Department to become the Police Chief of the City of Asheville.
"Chief Anderson has been an innovative and dedicated leader of the Greenville Police Department," said City Manager Wayne Bowers. "He has built a strong community-oriented policing foundation for the Department, initiating the Police Athletic League program and implementing the district policing concept. He will be missed in Greenville. I congratulate him on his new position." (More)
Note: Some have been calling for the Chief to resign for quite some time now. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher
A pioneering black businessman and Civil Rights leader in Pitt County died Saturday at the age of 96.
Denison Dover “D.D.” Garrett died shortly before 7 a.m. from a heart-related condition, his son, Michael Garrett, said. (Read more)
Note: I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet such a man. I have been in meetings with him Greenville and across the state. I admired him for his tenacity and will power being in his 90’s. I remember several years ago when we had a meeting in Durham NC I passed him on the highway and I told him he could have rode with me however I live in Pinetops. I love the opportunity to ride in the same vehicle or to have one on one conversations with men such as Bro. Garrett because one could learn so much history.
Bro. Garrett was still fighting to make the world a better place at the age of 96 when countless young folks sit back and do nothing.
Thank you Bro. Garrett for all you have done, it is time to rest now. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher
The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children will host a team from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on March 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Center Chapel, located on the corner of w.5th Street and Tyson Street, in Greenville. The OCR visit is part of their investigation of a civil rights complaint filed by the Coalition on behalf of students that were excluded from participation in classroom instruction, were suspended from school for dress code violations, were excluded from extra curricular activities due to dress code violations, or were denied college scholarships due to dress code violations.
Parents that have children that have been affected by Pitt County School Dress Code are urged to attend this meeting and share thier experiences. OCR will interview affected individuals and hear testimonies about how the dress code has impacted parents and students.
The Coalition found evidence that Pitt County School’s dress code policy disparately impacted African American students and was used by the District to:
· Exclude African American students from college scholarships.
· Exclude African American students from extra curricular activities such as honor clubs.
· Exclude African American students from classroom instruction thus increasing the achievement gap.
· Increase financial contributions to Pitt County Schools from clothing manufacturers and clothing retailers at the expense of African American families.
This is a District wide issue impacting African American students across the county in all high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Please plan to attend and spread the word to others who have children that are affected. If you are to end this discrimination we must stand up and be counted.
Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children
Post Office Box 1699
Winterville, NC 28590
Literacy family program
Literacy Volunteers-Pitt County will offer its Family Read Program from 10-11 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m. today, March 2, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 at 105-A E. Arlington Blvd. The program combines children’s book and adult conversation to initiate family communication and quality time through reading. For more information, call 353-6578.
A Greenville City Council member does not believe her weekend arrest is a racial issue, her employer said Thursday.
Dennis Mitchell spoke on behalf of District 1 representative Kandie Smith in front of City Hall Thursday morning. He is chief executive officer of ReStart Behavioral Health Care and a member of the city’s Redevelopment Commission. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)
Note: So what if it turns out to be about race? But the reports that were read at the SCLC about the incident race was mentioned.
I attended the SCLC meeting this week and I did not hear anyone speak on behalf of the councilwoman. However I did hear some folks discuss the issue of the Chief’s resignation. I wonder why was it so important to dismiss the racial motives in the arrest but has yet to make a statement about the incident which to me is way more important. Those who ask for the chief’s resignation can do that without her permission so that is irrelevant. I believe a press conference to address what happened the night of this incident would be a step in the right direction because it would tell her side of the story and also she could answer any questions the media may have. I will continue to follow the councilwoman and those who are asking for the Chief’s resignation.
See related: Kandie Smith
To Pitt County NAACP Executive Officials,
I have been called and alerted on a very unfortunate incident that took place in the downtown night area of the city of Greenville on Saturday evening or early Sunday after 12 am, of the arrest of one of our only two elected blacks on the Greenville city council, Ms. Kandie D. Smith.
Upon getting the call about the incident I called Ms. Smith and is very disturbed. Ms. Smith was in the down town area to observe the activities and actions of the citizens and police in the downtown and night area. This was being done as a result of numerous reports of police brutality and the use of excessive force against blacks and other people of color in the down town and night area. Ms. Smith was approach by two white Greenville Police officer who indicated that she was trespassing and needed to move on. She informed them that she was not in no-trespassing area, and why wasn’t they addressing whites who was in the same immediately area. When she proceeded to move further the office grabbed her and put her in a choke hold, twisted her arm, put her in handcuffs and put her under arrest. She identified herself as a member of city council and he stated that he didn’t care. She was arrested and placed under bond. The black police chief refused to demand her release. We have another problem added to the many our branch have already received of this similar type action from white police officers who are out of control. We have met with the police chief on several occasion along with the city manager in order to address these complaints. This is just an example of the magnitude of the problem of police misconduct and the continue use of excessive force on our citizens of color in Pitt County as well as other areas. They don’t care what your titles are and what position you may hold, you are still judge first by the color of your skin in this country.
For over 100 years the NAACP’s mission has been to fight racial discrimination; although victories have been won through our efforts and the efforts of many, many others, there are still great struggles ahead.
One of the most important is in the field of criminal justice. We know race is the main determinant of treatment in the criminal justice system, it determines the frequency of arrest, the gravity of the charge, treatment at trial, and severity of punishment.
Our task is to fight for fairness and justice in the system, to ensure that race and racial discrimination play no role. As you all know our branch along with other units are the front-line troops of the movement for justice and fair play.
I have made calls to the mayor and city manager, but I am yet to have received a return call from either. I am also in touch with other civil right organizations in the area and also Craven county since we are dealing with similar issue in that area.
See related: Greenville city councilwoman arrested
FIRST ON WITN: Greenville City Council Member Arrested – See picture
Note: I met Ms. Smith during a Get Out The Vote Rally back in November when she ran for Pitt County City Council. I was also in her presence during the candidates forum in April. Although I don’t know her on a personal note she does not seem to be a person who would disrespect the law.
I am scheduled to attend a meeting in Greenville on Tuesday night and I am quite sure this will be on the agenda however this is not the main thang.
Check back later for an update on this unfortunate incident.
I edited the letter above.