Police chief urges calm and patience after Page’s death

Police chief urges calm and patience after Page’s death
December 17
00:00 2015
Above: Third Vice President of The Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity Rev. Alvin Carlisle addresses members of the media during a press conference on Friday, Dec. 11 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Chronicle Staff Report

The City of Winston-Salem has released a statement about the actions of Police Chief Barry Rountree regarding the death of Travis Page, who was in police custody when he died.

Rountree was away on personal business during the time of the incident. While away, Rountree initiated a number of actions after being notified of Page’s death.

According to a document that was made public Tuesday Dec. 16, Rountree has personally reached out to State Bureau of Investigations Special Agent in Charge Scott Williams, The Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, and Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill.

He also mentioned that he has met with Page’s mother to discuss the investigation process.

During a news conference, Rountree insured the public that the police department is fully cooperating with the district attorney’s Office and the SBI.

“I know there are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around in the community about evidence, the body camera footage, and other things, but I assure the public all evidence both physical and digital has been preserved.”

Rountree also applauded the members of the community for demanding answers but urged them to remain calm.

“I am grateful we have people in the community who want to look into this incident and protest.” he said. “But, I am asking the people of the community to do so peacefully.”

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