Rodney Monroe has spoken again this time promising to "To rebuild trust" and to get to the bottom of the Marcus Jackson case and review police policy.
A week from now when all the dust settles, after all the posturing by Rodney Monroe and Mayor Foxx, this is what we may learn if all the rumors and guess work are true:
Marcus Jackson’s prior employment history as a personal trainer was checkered at best.
Jackson has a degree from UNCC.
A total of seven victims will have come forward and countless small crimes and misdemeanors will have been dismissed by the District Attorney's Office.
We will learn that Jackson had a "take home" car. (CP is fairly certain this is false)
We come to know that Jackson and Monroe were classmates at the academy taking several classes together as Monroe was studying to pass his BET.
We will also learn that because he was black, Jackson was given certain “benefits” not afforded to white officers at the CMPD.
We have already learned that the CMPD failed to discover Mr. Jackson’s criminal past, didn't examine the civil court records and may have also over looked his credit scores and while Chief Monroe has redirected the blame to an outside investigation firm, we will learn that he is also telling a half truth.
The truth will come out that ISS the company Monroe referenced, conducts background investigations by calling personal references and former employers of all police candidates, but according to sources familiar with CMPD operations the criminal background check portion of the application process is always conducted by the department.
Monroe has indicated that they will "review" the use of an outside agency for background checks. This we will learn is utter bullshit, ISS is the last hope we have for checks and balances and avoiding Monroe's continued cover up as he hires substandard applicants in the name of diversity. ISS however may become the goat if council is dumb enough to buy into Monroe's lies.
We will understand that Jackson's civil suits and civil court matters were over looked, cases that included allegations of domestic violence, something that should have prevented Jackson’s hiring.
In fairness, finding the prior 50-B order from the civil court would be nearly impossible as the courts have 100’s of Marcus Jackson’s on file.
The Chief in his first press conference stated that Jackson was hired prior his (Monroe’s) coming to Charlotte. Of course this we now know is a lie as Jackson was hired in November nearly 6 months after the Chief’s June hire date.
Now the Chief says he replaced the Captain of the recruiting department in November of 2008. But we already know that the Captain in question was replaced because of that Captain's objection to the hiring of Rodney Monroe's daughter's boyfriend.
Monroe said Jackson would not have been hired had he known about Jackson's past. He also pointed to the fact that the police department changed the structure of its recruiting department and that other personnel in charge of recruitment were replaced in 2008 as well.
We will also eventually learn that Monroe systematically removed those who objected to his hiring demands. These changes have allowed several new officers with less than acceptable records to join CMPD including a rumored assault conviction and armed robbery conviction not to mention his daughter's boyfriend who has both DMV and non-support issues.
We will also understand that Jackson was apparently given a free pass on his first suspension for speeding and second suspension for domestic violence. Suspension for a rookie cop would normally mean termination but in Monroe’s “new” CMPD, the internal affairs department is Rodney Monroe. So one can only assume the Chief signed off on keeping Marcus Jackson in uniform. A mistake he will of course never admit.
We will learn that Chief Monroe's quest for diversity is the reason Marcus Jackson was hired by CMPD.
Sometime before Monday the chief will find a "goat" to throw under the bus. Someone to pass the blame for Jackson's "adjusted" suspension.
On Monday Monroe will appear before City Council. He doesn’t have much to loose, he will not be under oath and will weave and dodge his way through what should be a rather one sided event.
The democrats will go easy praising the Chief for all his hard work and reducing crime, ignoring the fact that across the nation crime is down.
And the Republican council members will press for more transparency.
Mayor Foxx has already tipped his hand by saying: “The police chief in this instance has been very up front with the public, and that’s the most important thing,”
No your honor the most important thing is to have someone we can trust someone that will lead by example, and we don't have that with Chief Monroe.
In the end nothing will change, Monroe and his goonies will still run CMPD, Curt Walton will still have a clown face and Mayor Foxx will say all is well.
Oh and Jackson? He will spend sometime in the slammer, but this too shall pass.
And life in Meckburbia will go on.