Citizens Review Board chair accused of sexually assaulting 2 girls over 22-year span

Citizens Review Board chair accused of sexually assaulting 2 girls over 22-year span


TEMPERATURES AND RAIN CHANCES. I WILL BREAK IT DOWN IN A BIT. THANK YOU, STEVE. NOW, TO THE SHOCKING ARREST OF A COMMUNITY LEADER. HENRY BLACK IS AT CHAIRMAN OF THE CHARLOTTE CITIZEN’S REVIEW BOARD. NOW THE POLICE SAY HE IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CHILDREN OVER A 22 YEAR SPAN. EVEN MORE CONCERNING A COFOUNDER OF AN ORGANIZATION GENESIS PROJECT 1. SUPPOSED TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS. WE FIRST BROKE THE NEWS OF HIS ARREST AT NOON. WE ARE LIVE TONIGHT TO BREAK DOWN THE DETAILS OF THIS DISTURBING CASE. GLEN? Reporter: SCOTT, THIS IS THE HOME OF THE GENESIS PROJECT. COFOUNDED BY BLACK AND HIS WIFE TO HELP CHILDREN AS YOU MENTIONED. THE PROJECT SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVED HERE FOR YEARS. OF COURSE, THE POLICE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SURE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD, 49-YEAR-OLD HENRY BLACK KEPT A WATCHFUL EYE ON THE POLICE. TODAY, HIS PAST CAUGHT UP WITH HIM. THEY ARE SURVIVING EVERY DAY. A STRUGGLE FOR THEM EVERY DAY. Reporter: A SEPTEMBER 3rd, SOME OF BLACK’S FAMILY MEMBERS CAME FORWARD TO SAY THEY HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED. THE CRIMES GO ALL OF THE WAY BACK TO 1996. AND WHEN SEASON INVESTIGATORS HEARD EVEN THEY WERE SURPRISED. THE DETAILS GAVE THEM PAUSE AND KNOWING FOR 22 YEARS THESE SURVIVORS PUSHED AND PUSHED AND PUSHED AND NOW IT IS HERE. THAT IS SUPER HUMAN. Reporter: THE POLICE ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THERE MAY BE OTHER SURVIVORS OUT THERE. IN PART, BECAUSE BLACK CO FOUNDED THE GENESIS PROJECT. THE INVESTIGATION IS NOT MADE ANY CONNECTS YET. IT IS A POTENTIAL. Reporter: THE PROJECT HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE AND SAID THAT BLACK HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CENTER SINCE 2008. I THINK IF THEY WERE DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. Reporter: BLACK IS FACING 25 CHARGES INCLUDING INDECENT LIBERTIES, INCEST AND STATUTORY RAPE. FOR MORE ON HIS CAREER WITH THE CITY WE GO TO MY COLLEAGUE, ALLISON? THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT. WHAT I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND TONIGHT IS THE POWER THAT HENRY BLACK HAD. HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD. THE BOARD THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HOLD OUR POLICE ACCOUNTABLE, CREATED DECADES AGO TO DO THAT. BLACK WAS APPOINTED IN 2014. FOR 20 YEARS ITS MEMBERS NEVER RULED IN FAVOR OF CITIZENS WHO FILED APPEALS AGAINST POLICE. THE BOARD ALSO REVIEWS EVIDENCE IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS TO DECIDE IF OFFICERS HANDLED THE SITUATION APPROPRIATELY. FOR YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN CALLS TO GIVE THE BOARD EVEN MORE POWER INCLUDING BY SOME CITY LEADERS. BLACK WAS INTO HIS SECOND 3- YEAR TERM AS CHAIR. WE ASKED THE CITY IF BOARD CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN BACKGROUND CHECKS. IT TURNS OUT YES THEY ARE. THERE WAS NOTHING ON BLACK’S BACKGROUND THAT WOULD OF DISQUALIFIED HIM. HE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FROM THAT BOARD. THE VICE CHAIR WAS APPOINTED TO HIS POSITION. SCOTT? ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, ALLISON. I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOME FROM THE WEB SITE FOR GENESIS PROJECT 1 IN THE BIO, IT SAYS HE HAS 19 YEARS EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN COMMUNITY AND RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS. THE PROJECT SAYS HE DID NOT INTERACT WITH CLIENTS AT THEIR CENTER.

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