My review of the excessive force complaints surrounding Mr. Maurice Johnson and Mr. Bryant Stith continues. If the allegations described are factually correct, then that is indeed alarming and will be addressed immediately through prompt, disciplinary action.
As with any investigation, we have to conduct our due diligence in obtaining all the details and facts involved in a case before judgment can be made. As Chief, I am responsible for the policies and procedures that govern my officers’ actions. As such, I have the responsibility to the public and the citizens we serve to ensure my officers and the Norfolk Police Department provide the highest level of professionalism and respect during each and every call for service. Just the same, I have the responsibility to my officers to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations or complaints made regarding their actions.
In past instances, I have demonstrated a willingness to confront any wrongdoings or officer misconduct. I have consistently upheld a fair and impartial lens in my review of each case and will treat these allegations with the same respect. As always, I will continue to maintain my commitment to holding the Norfolk Police Department to the highest standards.
Once the Office of Professional Standards has completed their investigation, I will thoroughly review each folder and release a summary of the investigation. I appreciate the public’s patience as we obtain all the facts surrounding these incidents.
-Chief Michael Goldsmith