Thursday, April 18, 2019

WBTV With Another Sad "Street Life" Story



From Charlotte's WBTV News:



It has been 53 days since Tyshawn Boyd was shot on Sugar Creek Road.

“He’d be able to cheer you up if you were having a bad day,” his mom Tynesha Boyd says.

The Boyd family has been taking his loss one day at a time. They say they have not heard anything new from detectives, since the shooting. “They still haven’t told me nothing,” Tynesha Boyd says. “So, I’m just sitting back waiting.”


They say this son and brother won’t truly be at rest, until they find answers.

“If we got any detail of anything, what happened or anything,” she says tearfully. “It’s like we don’t know nothing.” Tyshawn had just turned 21.

The WBTV story is here.

He had been charged before with crimes. The Boyds say they knew their son was not perfect. But no one deserves to be murdered. “He got in his trouble,” dad Rodney Boyd says. “But he was never out there to hurt nobody.”








His mother says she cannot guess why anyone would want to kill him.

“He was just a friend to everybody,” she says.

She adds, their family is puzzled by the missing information, after a shooting in such a busy spot.

“The bridge, intersection, stores, hotels, everything is right there,” she says. “I don’t understand, look how many witnesses.” And, they say, phone calls to detectives come up empty.

“I can always have my theories, but that don’t mean nothing,” Tynesha Boyd says. “I want something to be said out loud, I want to know, you know?”

Removed from the sad parents Tyshawn Boyd was a thug, a career felon and menace to society. That he would die on the street should be of no surprise to his parents.

His priors - Resisting, Trespassing, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Flee Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Possess Stolen Firearm, Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, in many cases more than once. Tyshawn had be arrested nine times in the 3 years leading up to his murder.

Tyshawn embraced a culture of violence that has become Charlotte's African American Community. 

Someone knows, someone can help break the cycle of violence. But the crimes Tyshawn was arrested for, are just a fraction of what he was involved in, a life of gun play and criminality that Mecklenburg County's DA failed to put a stop to. 


Tyshawn Boyd should have been in prison and Charlotte taxpayers should demand accountability, because weapons charges should not result in a slap on the wrist and probation.   

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Tyshawn Boyd is urged to call crime stoppers 704-334-1600.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Throws Veteran Officer Under The Bus

While speaking with a group of citizens Tuesday, many calling for his resignation, CMPD Chief Putney threw veteran Officer Wende Kerl under the bus.




When asked whether the officer followed procedure, Putney said, “This is one of the most troubling videos I've seen."

The video of the OIS released Monday shows Officer Wende Kerl fatally shooting Danquirs Franklin last month at a Burger King on Beatties Ford Road.

When asked: "So, if a person wants to do the right thing and they make a movement, that movement very well could get them killed?" Putney told the group "I'm not going to talk about that specific case, but if there's no communication and cooperation, then de-escalation can be much more difficult," Putney said.

Putney when on to say the investigation will be fair and unbiased. "I'm not going to defend the officer's actions. I'm not going to try to vilify Mr. Franklin. He has a fantastic mother who is struggling, and I promised her I'm going to be a fact seeker and a seeker of justice,” Putney said.

Cedar's Take:

Putney has now transformed from LE Officer to Politician, the idea of leading by example is now totally gone as is any respect from rank and file.

Everyone know Wende Kerl is top shelf stuff, yet he let her know her career is over.

Why?

You can point fingers in so many places it make me dizzy. 

Response time - Two CMPD Officers were on scene within five minutes but a three or four minute response might had made a difference. Because of staffing shortages an area that is normally heavy with LE personal had only two that could response to a very active AWDW call. 

Training - CP has said for a long time verbal commands in a stressful situation particularly with a non verbal subject are troublesome. 

One voice One command. - CP has suggested a national command "Hands UP! Don't Move" to eliminate the second guessing of Police Instructions. Mr. Franklin was told "Drop The Gun" but also "put the weapon down" and "put the gun down".

But the encounter starts with "let me see your hands", and the commands change nearly continuously over the next 40 seconds - "Now", "Sir, put the gun down", "Put it down now", "drop the gun", drop the weapon", "Get out of the way", "Drop the gun", Drop it now", "Put it on the ground". 

One command not given is "Hands Up" which in hindsight had he compiled, would have likely saved Mr. Franklin's life.

Bystanders - Police are screaming at a man crouching between two cars with guns drawn yet a Burger King employee apparently decides this is a great time to ask the manager seated in the car for time off. WTF?

Unknowns - Police Officers responding to a AWDW call are confronted with a phalanx of unknowns in this case they have just 40 seconds to fill out a 12 page questionnaire and get it right. Mental history, criminal history, who is in the car, why is he in the car, is he a hostage, is the subject on drugs or drunk?, has he shot and killed someone in the store. The list is huge. We now know Mr. Franklin had some issues.

Routines and Reactions - So much of Police work is routine; like tapping the left tail light of the car on a traffic stop as you approach the driver. Yet it is the non-routine that causes the problem when it comes to reactions. Officer Kerl's reaction to a non-verbal subject was to try different commands, which created a routine. His sudden action after countless commands with no action triggered a threat assessment that may or may not have been correct.

Given the vast amount of unknowns and a non-verbal non-compliant subject, Officer Kerl had two choices wait and risk harm to a bystander or herself or fellow Officer or stop a clear and very sudden threat.  

Monday, April 15, 2019

CMPD Releases Officer Body Cam Video

You don't need to watch the entire video to see that Mr. Franklin did indeed have a gun.

In the screen gabs below at 5:49 showing the gun on the ground and Mr. Franklin with open hands. In the next screen grab at 5:46, a second before the Officer fried her weapon shows no gun on the ground.


2019-03-25 T13:05:49
2019-03-25 T13:05:46
Two Officers encounter Mr. Franklin crouching between cars. They command Mr. Franklin to drop the gun multiple times. A woman comes out of the Burger King and approaches the door of the car then retreats after Officers yell at her to move out of the way, there is also a passenger seated in the car that Mr. Franklin is looking at just a foot away. Despite repeated demands to drop the gun Mr. Franklin is non compliant. When he makes a sudden move with his right hand holding the gun the Officer fires her weapon, fatally striking Mr. Franklin causing him to finally drop his weapon.

Cedar's Take:

It is a tough video to watch. Based on dozens of accounts Mr. Franklin was a good man. Whatever was going on in his mind that day may never be understood. There has been no explanation as to why he had a gun or why he wouldn't drop it the moment the police arrived.

What is clear is that Mr. Franklin was a threat to both Officers and the two bystanders. He was ordered a dozen or more times to drop the weapon, no other commands were given. The Officer only fired after verbally engaging the subject for nearly a full minute and only after he made a sudden movement with his right hand that was holding the gun. 

In situations with not one, but two or more bystanders, there is no opportunity to "back off" and let the situation "de-escalate" the Officer had no choice but to fire her weapon when he made that sudden movement.

Personally I think it is irrepressible that the Charlotte Observer would publish a story that states "Danquirs Franklin appeared to be placing the gun on the ground at the time a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally him".

There is simply no indication that he was going to place the gun on the pavement. Given his actions prior to police arriving he was more likely to shoot the passenger.

Sidebar:

Having watched 100's of OIS and felony stops there seems to be a need for a national conversation about commands. Not about race but about commands.

I've seen countless "do the hokey pokey" routines where officers are shouting commands (down on the ground, spread your arms like an airplane, cross your feet, back up, don't look at me, hands on top of your head, get on your knees) often conflicting each other, while sirens and horns blare, K-9's are Barking and victims are screaming and entire scene is engulfed in chaos.

Dispatch adds to the confusion with error prone info that comes is drips and gushers, making sense of all this stimuli is difficult for both officers and subject.

CP is all in on "HANDS UP DO NOT MOVE" command being the National Standard. Nothing else, just one command that says do this or you're going to get the dog, tased, shot or all three.

This may have changed the outcome of the Franklin case. However, Mr. Franklin may have remained non-compliant in which case, the outcome would have be the same. 

Charlotte Homicide Vic No. 38

Charlotte's Homicide Victim No. 38, Jamil Malik Davis fits the usual profile young black and living a life of crime.



Davis was gunned down in the dark hours of April 15, 2019 in Charlotte's Hidden Valley neighborhood, a place where of violence, thug life and criminally are as routine as the delivery of the morning paper.





Davis' more recent crimes include:

Resisting Public Officer Hit and Run Failure to Heed Blue Light and Siren No Operator's License Larceny Speeding to Elude Arrest Breaking and Entering Felony Larceny Failure to Heed Blue Light and Siren Conspiracy to B&E Breaking and Entering Felony Larceny After B&E Resisting Public Officer Resisting Public Officer Felony Larceny Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

He was sentenced to prison on August 24, 2017 began serving minimum term of 5 months and was released by the NCDOC on June 2, 2018 and began serving a period of supervised parole that ended on February 27, 2019.

Jamil Davis was just a week shy of his 21st birthday when he died on the street. 

"Street Life" what can you say.

CMPD To Release Officer's Body Camera Video Today

CMPD will hold a presser at 2pm today to release the video from the Officer Wende Kerl's police body camera.

Behind the scenes elsewhere in Charlotte, CMPD Officers trained in crowd control (aka riots) are being staged.

Expect CMPD to move swiftly to squash any sort of violence or destruction of property.

It is further expected anti-police trolls will continue to fan the flames of discontent with the “he didn’t even have a gun” and “they shot the wrong man” narratives.

The full investigation however will determine the Officer had no choice but to fire her weapon.

As CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has discussed publicly Sadly the video is somewhat inconclusive.

The video shows a suspect identified as Danquirs Franklin, between cars at the Burger King on Beatties Ford Road. The view from the officer’s camera is partially obscured by her movement and a car.

Her command to drop the gun is heard twice and the suspect reportedly replies “I heard you the first time”.

There is motion and the Officer fires her weapon.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sean Thomas Mulhall Former CMPD Homicide Captain 1952-2019

Sean T. Mulhall of Charlotte, NC passed away on April 10, 2019, he was 67.

He grew up in The Bronx. Graduated from Pace University in NYC with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. He was also  a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

He retired from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department as Captain of Homicide and Missing Persons Division in 2007 after 30 years of service.

Sean was the son of the late Jeremiah and Marilyn Mulhall of NY. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Julie, son Sean Thomas, and daughter Maggie; sister Kathleen (Andy) Stoller of Warwick, NY; brother Thomas (Yeon Sook) of Queens, NY and Patrick (Patty) and children Alyssa, John, and Megan of Charlotte, NC.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 14 from 4-8 PM at the McEwen Funeral Home Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd, Charlotte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, April 15 at 1 PM at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation at UMDF.

There is a great Q-A with Sean from back in 2008 by the Charlotte Observer here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Why CMPD Can't Stop Homicides

On January 14, 2019, just as the year began Tyrone Lamark Miller walked into the FixER Electronic Repair store on Charlotte's North Sharon Amity Road. Inside the store he attempted to rob 29 year old Elchin Khalilov. At some point Miller shot and killed Khalilov then stole less than $50 dollars and 3 cell phones.



A video was released in connection with the armed robbery on January 31st. Based on the video, CMPD detectives and the FBI were able to identify Miller. Officials offered a $15,000 bounty for information leading to Miller's arrest and he fled to Texas.


  
As a result of collaboration with the FBI and the Dallas Police Department, Miller was located and arrested in Dallas, Texas.

He was later extradited back to North Carolina and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller didn't just become a killer overnight. His life was a predictable pattern of arrest after arrest and increasingly more violent each time. Arrests that the Mecklenburg Country Sheriff's office would just as soon you not know about. (They have removed his prior arrests from their online records search results.)

His juvenile records are still sealed, and his crimes prior to August 2009, many of which are unknown, he has never been prosecuted for, but at the age of 19 he committed an armed robbery. Five months later he would again use a gun in the commission of a robbery and this time he would be caught.

Miller's records include being charged and prosecuted for the following crimes:

August 4, 2009 Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery.

January 6, 2010 Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon Speeding to Elude Arrest

January 7, 2010 Resisting Officer Various Drug Charges

On January 7, 2010 CMPD Officers finally caught up with Miller. But almost two years would pass before Miller would go to trial on the January 2010 charges. November 30, 2011 Miller was convicted and was sentenced to a minimum of 5 years and six months in state prison.

He would later be connected to the 2009 crimes, and was convicted on April 25, 2012 of the additional robbery and sentenced again to five years in prison which the judge ordered to run concurrent to the first sentence.

Tyrone Miller would serve a total of 7 years 10 months and 27 days as a guest of the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

He was paroled and released from prison on December 23 2017, and the records show his parole ending on September 19, 2018.

Four months later he would murder Elchin Khalilov for 3 cell phones and $50.

Even with all the technology and computer data bases Miller wasn't on CMPD's radar. Over worked and under paid Probation Officers required little contact with Miller. He was simply dumped back of the streets and resumed his life of ever more violent crimes.

Miller is stereotypical of offenders who should never return to society. His sentences should have been boxcar'd, they should have run consecutively. He should hot have been released with only a 8 month period of supervision.

CMPD is helpless to stop this type of crime CMPD can't stop homicides because politicians pander to the bleeding heart liberals who blame white privilege for the societal wrong that somehow forces black youth to chose a life of crime. CMPD's own Chief panders to the same mothers of murdered offspring crowd saying people need to stop settling their arguments with guns. As if singing Kumbaya around a campfire will make it all stop. He's got to make a choice he's either going to be the Chief of CMPD or a politician, he can't be both.

Violent offenders particularly those who use weapons should never be released back to society.

Miller will appear in Superior Court on April 25, 2019 he faces life without parole but that is hardly any sort of justice for the family of Elchin Khalilov.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Charlotte's African Americans A Culture Of Violence

Saturday night added homicide victims 36 and 37 to the ever exploding list of murders in Charlotte.



The first homicide, that of Teaun Bates occurred at the infamous Timber Ridge Apartments. Timber Ridge has long been the epicenter of the African American Culture of Violence a lifestyle embracing gunplay and criminality. 

The second murder that of Derrick Lamar Chambers, shot dead on Delta Crossing Lane.

Busy night for Hickory Grove Officers.

It would be easy to blame CMPD Chief Kerr Putney for the continued spike in violence, but that would be misguided and the reason is simple:

Police can not patrol enough to prevent or predict homicides.

The root causes of Charlotte's soaring murder rate is simple:

A Demographic that embraces a culture of violence

Overwhelmingly Liberal Judiciary

City and County wide Democratic leadership that is soft on crime and far too busy promoting a social agenda rather than a civic agenda.

Population growth that is predominantly driven by transplants from cesspool cites in the north.

Time for Charlotte leaders to say ENOUGH!

Stop Sherriff Garry McFadden from turning the county jail into his own personal "Kamp Kumbaya"

Put Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles on notice that her "social agenda" needs to take a back seat to a civic and tough of crime agenda. Free Housing is just a massive bug light for the low life that is infesting our city.

Mecklenburg County DA needs to make man up and prosecute violent offenders, scrape the no bail fail and electronic monitoring system. 

Raleigh needs to pass legislation that removes judicial variances and gives a mandatory ten year prison sentence for crimes involving the commission of a crime while in possession of a gun. No parole No probation No mercy! 

Time to remove gun toting felons from our streets is now.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Has Vatsla Watkins Been Found?

The search for missing person Vatsla Watkins took a sad turn when a bloated body was found in Lake Wiley late Sunday afternoon, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and news reports.



Although the victim has not yet been identified, it’s the same area where Vatsla Watkins’ car was found on March 22.

Watkins has not been seen since March 18.

Charlotte's Fox 46, was for a time reporting that the body that has been recovered from Lake Wiley was indeed that of Watkins. Early Monday morning the station deleted the claim.

The body in question was found floating in the water under the Buster Boyd bridge and was spotted by a passing boater.

The 911 call made by an unnamed boater references the missing woman but also mentions that the victim appears to be wearing a black life jacket. The caller further states that he is not sure if the person is man or female that the body is floating face down and that it seems to have a small waist. The caller askes if it could be a child, which may have led to some confusion in earlier reports. 

CMPD’s Lake Wylie Boat Patrol and the Charlotte Fire Department responded to the scene to retrieve the body.

CMPD and Charlotte Fire teams had previously searched the lake by boat looking for Wakins but called off their search at 5pm on Friday afternoon.

The 39-year-old mother of two and wife of former Mecklenburg County GOP chair Curtis Watkins is still listed as a missing person on CMPD's website.



Cedar's Take:

This sad development unfortunately makes sense, given cold the water temperature. It takes about a week, longer in colder water for a body to gas up and rise to the surface. While the theory that she committed suicide by jumping off the Buster Boyd Bridge does not have the same dramatic visual as say Charleston's Ravenel Bridge or San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, this could possibly be the result of just such a choice.

Anonymous reports that CMPD homicide detectives executed a search warrant at Watkins house on Monday morning are also unconfirmed. 

However, a jump from the center of the Buster Boyd Bridge would not be certain death as the bridge is rather low at 30 feet. Death by drowning would be a possibility for a non swimmer. Hard to imagine someone putting on a life jacket to end their life as the 911 caller stated the body seemed to be wearing. While there are black waterski vests its more logical that this is just the black jacket Watkins was last seen wearing.

Homicide remains a concern and the chance that the body is not actually that of Watkins is also still a question.

Suicide is a taboo subject for news media coverage, yet it is more common than homicide. Education, awareness and intervention is the best prevention.

Cedar Update:

As sources on Sunday stated the body recovered was indeed that of Vatsla Watkins.

Suicide is the noted cause of death and no foul play is not suspected. 

Finally - if you know anyone who is troubled, depressed and distant please seek help for them by taking the time to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their web site at:

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark




Saturday, March 30, 2019

The "System" Failed Kendal Crank But Why?

Above the normal noise of Charlotte's Thursday afternoon rush of traffic, few people noticed the sound of gun fire.

As the two groups cranked off round after round without aim of forethought, they recklessly fired away blindly, some crouching behind cars as the others sped off 27-year-old Kendal Crank, shot just above her neck was already dead, her red car rolling to a stop on the other side of the street, near North Tryon.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Mike Campagna would later say, “Unfortunately they (first responders) were unable to save her life.”

Kendal died because the system failed her, it failed us. Kendal was, as we are today caught in the crossfire of a gun fight between two groups of violent offenders.

An hour later North Tryon and 28th street remained closed to traffic. A Twitter user asked CMPD repeatedly when the streets were going to re-open so her life could resume normal.

Shell casings, littered the pavement parking lot, yellow crime scene tape fluttered in the breeze. Family members came and stood silently staring in disbelief, some cried others hugged one and another tying to understand how a young mother would could end up dead on a Thursday afternoon.

By Friday CMPD Detectives would charge, Adonis Javell Smith, Tychicus Unique Dobie,  and Marquis Lebron Smith, with murder and other crimes.




Cedar's Take:

Crank is a name long associated with Charlotte, I suspect Kendal's great grandparents are old Charlotte. They would not understand black on black violence. All they would know was that Kendal going about her life working hard taking care of family and children and trying to better herself, going to church on Sunday and thanking the Lord above all else.

They would not understand how African Americans have become a "Culture of Violence" Embracing Gun Play and Criminality.

They would not understand how three criminals with a history of ever increasing violence, criminals she stayed well clear of would end up killing her.

They would not understand how "the system" failed her or why a Democrat Mayor, Sheriff, Police Chief, District Attorney and Judges would embrace the idea of leniency, no bail and shorter prison sentences for Charlotte's violent offenders.

There should be more arrests, and active prison sentences at the "extended stay suites" for gun play of any sort, life without parole for AWDW armed robbery first time should be the last time. No Bail is a Fail and probation or pretrial release with electronic monitoring is a joke. Time to take violent offenders off the streets once and for all.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Idiots Rule The Internet: CMPD Shoots Wrong Man

CMPD Officer Wende Kerl made a choice no officer wants to make. 

Yet to hear social media explain it she shot the wrong man because Franklin didn't have a gun. 

With zero evidence offered by CMPD to the counter, this narrative has gained crazy traction so much so that the local media is now treating these idiot promoted theories as fact.



To make matters worse CMPD Kerr Putney goes on WBT Radio this morning to say "Fairness is in the eye of the beholder" adding that CMPD is working to uncover the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

Then there's Kelle Pressley who using the hashtags #KillerCops #WendeGuerinKerl felt it necessary to post Officer Kerl's personal address.

7916 Mircosoft Way Charlotte, NC 

Roberto Raymon: @robertoraymon

"She shot the wrong man. His height nor clothes matched the 911 calls. The witnesses said the man with the gun ran. Danquirs was taking up for the woman bing assaulted. Officer saw a Black man and opened fire. If he had been a White male shooter they would have arrested him alive"


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CMPD White Shirts Again Losing The Social Media Battle - Danquirs Franklin

Despite a new social media hire working @CMPD nearly around the clock, the false narrative that Danquirs Franklin was unarmed and had his "hands up" took off on Monday and has been gaining believers ever since.

The repost of this tweet with Precious Robinson her hands outstretched stressing her point that there was no gun with charlotteobserver.com to add creditability has a lot of street traction. Retweeted over and over, this image has been seen thousands of times.  



After Keith Scott you would think CMPD Command would have learned to flood the media with information. Everything needs to be out and if there is not a video because the Officer failed to cue up her camera they better say so now. 

Sunny weather this weekend high in the 70's God Help Us if they don't get ahead of this. 

Another stupid narrative is that they could have just "disabled him" shot him in the legs or used non-lethal force. 

Let's get one thing straight that shoot him in the legs idea just ain't gonna happen. No warning shot, no stare down, no second chance. 

This is not about color this is about stupid. Born Stupid, Drug Stupid, Angry Stupid.

Finally the idea that Burger King is at fault because they called the police. How about this no gun no crazy ass behavior no one is going to call the police.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Observer Editorial Board Takes Aim At Garry McFadden

You've likely been thinking it will be a cold day in hell when Cedar Posts agrees with anything the Charlotte Observer Editors say. Well must be chilly just past the gates of hell because that day has arrived. Just short of saying "stay in your lane bro" the Observer takes issue with McFadden's race baiting blame game.

From The Charlotte Observer Sunday March 24, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, Mecklenburg County: There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s brought his ego with him. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but this much is certain: It’s going to be a bumpy patrol ride.

So it was this week with Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden, who had a tense meeting with the Cornelius town board on Monday regarding a February 17 operation in which 12 radar-equipped deputies pulled people over on Jetton Road near Lake Norman. The operation was unusual in that the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t often take the lead on speeding operations, and because McFadden didn’t notify the town and its police officers in advance of this one. It was not an improper use of county resources, however, to ticket drivers going 10 mph over the speed limit on a Mecklenburg road.

McFadden could have simply said that to the Cornelius board. Instead, he made the meeting something bigger. McFadden told commissioners that he believed “privilege” was at play in their questioning, the Observer’s Ely Portillo reported. Cornelius is a predominantly white and moderately affluent town, and Jetton Road leads to wealthy subdivisions like the Peninsula.

McFadden, along with Chief Deputy Rodney Collins, had another message for everyone: The Sheriff’s Office isn’t just going to be conducting traffic operations moving forward. It also will expand its investigative footprint and may take on other enforcement roles normally ceded to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “We’re more visible because our sheriff is out front,” Collins said. “He’s very visible.”

If any of that is a surprise, then you haven’t been paying attention to Garry McFadden. The former Charlotte homicide detective and reality show star has long been bold, brash and unafraid of the nearest microphone. He also expressed as a candidate that the Sheriff’s Office should be more visible and take on larger problem-solving roles. Those are worthy goals, and there can be value in rattling the law enforcement status quo. McFadden also has fulfilled a campaign promise of ending Mecklenburg’s participation in the controversial 287(g) immigration program, and some will cheer his standing up to town commissioners, who appeared at least a little haughty in calling the urban sheriff on the carpet.

Still, Cornelius officials had a legitimate beef about McFadden springing the traffic operation on their town without notice or coordination. McFadden could have deftly handled their questions instead of taking a Trump-like posture and lobbing the flammable accusation of privilege into the meeting.

Relationships matter, and the county functions more smoothly when its agencies and municipalities are working together. And while swinging elbows might be satisfying, it often results in the battles you pick taking up an outsized part of your time. No one in Mecklenburg is served well if the sheriff spends his resources and political capital cleaning up after his ambitiousness.

We hope McFadden finds a balance of pursuing a bold vision without unnecessarily breaking glass and alienating others along the way. Mecklenburg voters didn’t just elect him to be visible. They elected him to be effective.

Cedar's Take: Mecklenburg County Sherriff's role is historically low profile and for generations was limited to court process and jail. It wasn't so long ago MCSO deputies were unarmed and their cars where void of light bars. 

Given the issues South Carolina has with elected law enforcement officials you'd think Sherriff McFadden would follow suit and not make waves. But McFadden apparently views his job as Chief of a law enforcement department and not bureaucratic figure head of a civil process server.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

CMPD's Vicki Foster Puts All Her Cards On The Table

CMPD's Vicki Foster puts all her cards on the table, every one of them "the race card", surprised?


From Charlotte Magazine's Greg Lacour:

VICKI FOSTER AND I meet in her third-floor office on a Friday morning in January, roughly 36 hours after a local TV station aired a story about her 50th birthday plans.

Foster, one of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department assistant chiefs, had set up a party at the AvidXchange Music Factory for Saturday, February 16, which coincided with NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte. The department, with a few exceptions, prohibited its rank-and-file officers from taking days off that weekend, an order that didn’t extend to command staff. The station aired a story that said some officers considered Foster’s party evidence of a double standard—even though she had planned the party before Charlotte was awarded the All-Star Game, and, as Chief Kerr Putney pointed out when a reporter asked about it at a news conference, “People’s time off is their time off ... I don’t see where someone’s birthday party is newsworthy for me to address.”

Foster, a 28-year CMPD veteran and the highest-ranking black woman in department history, tells me she knows why the non-story ended up on local TV news. “It’s because I’m a black female. This would not have occurred with anyone else,” she says. “If this had been (Assistant Chief Doug) Gallant, if this had been (Deputy Chief) Katrina (Graue), you wouldn’t have heard a word about it.” Gallant and Graue, like more than 70 percent of the department’s employees, are white.

Foster says she’s endured that kind of discrimination even as—and in large part, she says, because—she’s risen through the ranks. She was promoted to assistant chief, the second-in-command position behind chief of police, in 2017; she plans to retire early next year. The Yanceyville native discusses what led her into police work; how that work has changed since she joined what was then the Charlotte Police Department in 1991; her experiences as a black woman in a profession dominated by white men; and what lies ahead for CMPD and policing in general. Her words are edited for clarity and space.

My undergraduate degree (at UNC Charlotte) was in psychology. I wanted to be a psychiatrist, but when I got out of school, I realized I had to go four more years. So I decided to look on the criminal justice side.

A friend from college and I were both looking for jobs in the criminal justice field. She dared me, like, ‘I bet you won’t be a police officer. I bet you won’t try that.’ I’m like, ‘I bet you I will.’ So we both put in, and the first day, I rode with her. You’re supposed to be in decent shape when you get there—supposed to be. The commandant at the time, long story short, made us do all these push-ups, and we had to run and do all this stuff. Well, she could not do the push-ups she was supposed to do. So he had her stand in the middle, and all of us around her had to get on the ground and do her push-ups that she could not do—and this was after everybody was exhausted. It’s the first day, we don’t know what’s going on. We can’t do this. And she’s standing in the middle, tears just running down her face. And everybody’s staring at her, everybody’s mad.

So we go back to the locker room and get showered up, and everybody goes back to class, and I’m looking around. She’s gone. She quit. I had no ride home. So, needless to say, I won the bet. Got real close to my classmates at that point, ’cause I needed a ride home.

This one time around the mid-’90s, when I was still just a young officer, we were serving a search warrant. It was a known drug house right behind the CVS on South Boulevard—those houses up in there. We go in, there’s a lot of people in the house, and this woman was in a chair. I can’t remember if she had an oxygen tank beside her, but she was definitely an elderly lady, kind of frail, African-American. She was trying to get up out of the chair when we came flying in the door.

And this officer, who was a white male, immediately grabbed her and slammed her down, and something just went all over me ... I don’t know what I said. Then I started going toward him. I was going to get to him if I could. I don’t know who grabbed me, but I do know the sergeant took me away. I was put in the back of a patrol car. I’m in uniform. And I was taken away from the scene.

The sergeant’s no longer here, by the way. The officer’s not, either.

Then I get called to the chief’s office. (Then-Chief Dennis Nowicki) says, ‘I heard what happened.’ I tell him my version. He says, ‘Let me ask you a question. What do you think should happen?’ I said, ‘I think we need to teach these white boys how to treat people.’ Yeah, I’m probably lucky to still be working.

He was a little taken aback, and he said, ‘OK. So you think we need training.’ I said, ‘Yeah. We need something.’ And that was when we started all these classes—I taught a couple at the academy—our, quote-unquote, diversity-type training.

I’ve dealt with (racism) my entire career, so I can’t pinpoint exactly where it’s coming from. You pick it up and you move on.

Actually, when I say my entire career, maybe that’s not totally fair to say. But definitely from the time when Chief (Rodney) Monroe, our first African-American chief, I can definitely say from that point to now. That’s about 11 years.

The rest of the article is here: Charlotte-Magazine

Cedar's Take: I'm not surprised. Every meeting I've ever had with Foster I've walked away with the feeling that she has this huge chip on her shoulder, a palatable anger that she was born black. 

I don't get it. Most of us see a badge, a uniform and that's it. Maybe rank and then a hashed up sleeve? But the first thing she wants you to know is she's black. I don't care what color you are, show, keep up and shut up. Do your job.

But with Foster it is all about race, she's the racist and anyone reading this hit piece by Charlotte Magazine who thinks otherwise needs to have a brain scan. 


Friday, March 22, 2019

South Charlotte Shooter Released Less Than 24 Hours After Arrest


On Wednesday night according to CMPD 18 year old Makel Sadler shot a 16 year old  behind Charlotte Catholic High School. The 16 year old was taken to CMC Pineville or whatever we are calling the place with "Life Threatening Injuries". 

Sadler has a long list of adult priors and one would assume an impressive list of juvenile offenses as well. Auto theft, breaking and entering, probation violations and more. 

So how is it that he's arrested for shooting a 16 year old kid and is back out on the street inside 48 hours? 

Why only a $5,000.00 Bond on an AWDW charge and $500 Bond on a misdemeanor discharging a firearm charge?

No attempted murder charge or any other related charges. How is it that someone like this with an ever escalating level of violence is allowed to walk the streets?