Former Raleigh Officer's Records Won't Yet Be Released
Posted February 21, 2006 7:28 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — There was a setback for the mayor of Raleigh Tuesday in the fight over the internal investigation of an officer who shot and killed a man.
Mayor Charles Meeker feels like the public has a right to know why former Raleigh officer Michelle Peele was fired from her job, but not charged with a crime after the fatal shooting. He wanted her personnel file released, but other council members disagreed.
Peele was working off duty when she shot Nyles Arrington as he tried to steal her car. A grand jury refused to indict her, but just three days later, she was terminated from the Raleigh Police Department.
Meeker feels the public has a right to know why there is a discrepancy and believes releasing her personnel file would explain things. But in an unusual event, no one supported the mayor.
Peele is currently appealing her firing. If the appeal goes as far as the city's Civil Service Commission for a hearing, the information would likely come out, and that's the process the other members of council support.
The former officer could choose not to take her appeal as far as the Civil Service Commission. If that holds true, Meeker would like to revisit opening her files once again.