As police chief retires, calls for greater accountability


v5JNHaGXoY77TO9nw8RRovAbAVDVXU_cyXBde7vJG3rAntvcHL05FL2vKYLSGv_2PGYaVKcP7Jutba0Se1VblxGKpBkQjmDn5hz6gDmgyQekhazqVy0FXaERLj95yQPLr1gXh3SdB-fmjLBwANkpdmGhSjXhDMI6Y_sLvg0=s0-d-e1-ftAmidst news that Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller is retiring at the end of August, the Beloved Community Center is calling for a new chief that supports a citizens’ review board of the department.

Miller — who will take the same post in Greenville, SC — implemented several reforms during his tenure but some community members said he didn’t go far enough to support real transparency and accountability. The nonprofit Beloved Community Center has been one of the department’s most vocal critics, helping to establish an independent interim police review committee.

In an email yesterday afternoon, the Beloved Community Center invited people to a public meeting at Bethel AME Church on August 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the issue.

The Greensboro City Council created a subcommittee to look at strengthening the city’s existing complaint review committee. Critics have said the internal process is inadequate, lacks real teeth and is not independent enough. The council subcommittee, chaired by Mayor Nancy Vaughan, has canceled its next meeting scheduled for Tuesday.