The city of Greensboro filed an answer on July 1 to police Officer Julius Fulmore's amended complaint alleging racial discrimination. The city finds itself in an awkward position with regard to the Risk Management Association Report, as predicted by some conservative bloggers.
Arguably, the City Manager's Office had no choice but to bring in outside investigators to insulate itself against claims of discrimination. Now, the contents of the report are being used as evidence to support Fulmore's complaint: "The RMA Report states that the GPD's practices included 'disparate treatment of African Americans,' 'the appearance of racial targeting/discrimination.' and a 'failure to follow procedures.'"
Fulmore's amended complaint argues, "The city found RMA's findings to be an accurate assessment of the illegal and improper practices occuring at the GPD," adding that "the city's failure to deny the findings of the RMA Report constitutes an adoptive admission of the conclusions of the RMA Report."
The city responds: "It is admitted that given the broad scope of the RMA investigation there may have been some inaccuracies. The city denies that it engaged in any illegal or improper practices."