Charlotte City Council decided Monday that they didn't want to see former officer Marcus Jackson's personnel file.
City Manager Curt Walton has said he is against releasing the records, and the six council members voting against going into closed session essentially ends the issue.
Voting not to discuss Jackson's personnel record were council members Andy Dulin, Edwin Peacock, Patrick Cannon, James Mitchell, Patsy Kinsey and Warren Cooksey.
Chief Monroe declined to comment after the vote. He left the Government Center immediately and walked to police headquarters two blocks away. Asked by reporters if he had any comment, he said no as he stepped into an elevator.
Two weeks ago, council members voted 6-5 to review the file. But during tonight's scheduled meeting, some council members changed their minds.
Council member Warren Cooksey said he was against releasing the file because it would go against N.C. law and how the city has conducted business. "We have gained additional information in the last two weeks, both in public and in a variety of conversations" He said Monroe has assured him publicly and privately that CMPD has made reforms in its hiring procedures.
Morgan Fogarty at Fox News:
The black eye on the men and women in blue grows each day it seems. Ex-CMPD Officer Marcus Jackson indicted on four more charges on behalf of four women. Add those to the laundry list of charges he was indicted on last week. Mayor Anthony Foxx says, "I believe the police chief and city manager have done an inordinately good job letting the public know the facts."
But despite what appears to be growing evidence against the disgraced officer, city council voted, seven to three, to not even discuss releasing his personnel file; a file that could shed light on whether any early disciplinary problems were overlooked. Read the rest of the Fox News report here.
Cedar Says: Why am I not surprised?
Why would they not want to just view Jackson's personnel file in private?
The only conclusion based on Cooksey's comment is that Monroe contacted them privately and in the "conversations" Monroe asked them to leave the matter alone. Clearly there is something big in Jackson's file.
One can only assume that the file must implicate Rodney Monroe directly as there is no other reason not to even look at the file unless the file shows Monroe's involvement in Jackson's suspension, which in that case council would rather not know.
Expect a plea deal on the table and no jail time for Jackson as well as a big settlement to keep the file from being opened in court.