GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller said an internal review has determined the department “performed their duties appropriately and in accordance with established protocols” in relation to Lamont Pride’s extradition.
Pride, 27, of Greensboro, was arrested on Monday in New York on allegations he shot and killed NYPD officer Peter Figoski earlier that morning.
Pride was wanted on felony charges in connection with a shooting on Aug. 5 on South Holden Road in Greensboro. The victim in that shooting, Rayshawn Maberson, suffered non life-threatening injuries.
GPD came under fire Tuesday after NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly said at a news conference that Pride should not have been on the streets and should have been extradited to North Carolina.
That’s because Pride was arrested in New York on Nov. 3 on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Miller said a GPD records clerk received a call from an NYPD officer that night, and the clerk determined the extradition was still classified as in-state only.
The warrants were filed in September as in-state extraditions only as investigators and the DA did not consider him a flight risk, Miller said.
An NYPD officer contacted a GPD records clerk again on Dec. 8, once again asking about the extradition status. The clerk contacted the detective assigned to the Greensboro case, who then called the NYPD officer back, Miller said.
The detective talked with the Guilford County District Attorney to expand the extradition territory to any state, and it was changed on the afternoon of Dec. 8, Miller said.
The next day, the detective called the district attorney in New York City after learning Pride had been released. The detective wanted to know why Pride was released, Miller said.
NYPD officials said in a news conference Tuesday night that a New York City judge had chosen to release Pride despite knowledge of the outstanding warrants.
“The judge decided not to look at the violent history, not to take the fact that there was a warrant for shooting a human being outstanding and nonetheless assumed that he’d behave himself when he’d go out on the street,” an NYPD official said in Tuesday night’s news conference. “If he wouldn’t turn himself in on an outstanding warrant, why would the judge believe he would show up for court? Bail should have been set. It wasn’t at the time, and now a NY city police officer is dead.”
Miller finished his statement Wednesday by saying the only person responsible for Figoski’s death is “the person who pulled the trigger.” Assistant District Attorney Howard Neuman said the same thing.