Now that the election is over and Denise is on her way out after Robbie Perkins, Greensboro City Attorney Mujeeb Shah-Khan has found it appropriate to release videos requested before the election to Roch and myself.
This is video of the incident Roy Carroll inaccurately wrote of in last week's Rhino Times, which Robbie Perkins and friends used to pass a restrictive curfew for mostly black teens downtown;
Dear Mr. Shah Khan,
On July 5th of last year, I requested all video recordings in the City's possession of the downtown area for a six hour period spanning June 19th, and June 30th, 2013. This was a time during which local media reported a "400 teen brawl" and led Council to adopt a downtown teen curfew.
For months now, the City Manager's Items for Your Information has been reporting that your department has been "determining" what is publicly releasable in response to this request. To this day, I have not received any video in response to this six-month old request.
I am asking you to provide the following information as it relates to this public records request:
1. How many hours of video footage does the city have responsive to this request?
2. How many hours has the legal department spent reviewing the footage over the past six month?
3. How much more time do you anticipate will be required to complete the review of the video?
Thank you in advance.
Roch Smith, Jr.
January 08, 2014
The City will be releasing the video requested. We do this with the understanding that the City has the ability to protect the video as criminal intelligence information, in accordance with N.C.G.S. 132-1.4, which makes it not a public record. I've authorized the release, and the City will produce the video soon.
However, as six months have passed since the time the video was created, the City is willing to produce this at this time. It does not mean we are setting a blanket policy that six months after an event, video may be produced.
In terms of your questions, I'll note the following. I do not know the amount of video involved. The video was reviewed by GPD. My office's involvement concerns the issue of whether or not the video as criminal intelligence information is public record. While I and my office believe that the video is indeed criminal intelligence information and is not public record, we feel that it's utility is lessened given the amount of time passed.
S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan
OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY
It appears Mujeeb has a history of holding back political public records requests.
Mujeeb seems to consider City Council his clients as opposed to Greensboro's voters.
I believe Mujeeb covered Robbie and Denise's butts until after the election on this and other items.
The issue now is timing.
Why did the videos take so long to be released?
How long were they ready before being released?
Were the videos ready before the election?