In today's paper, Chief Monroe responds to the Observer's editorial calling for changes in the CMPD screening process. Read the chief's letter here.
Marcus Jackson is not just symptomatic of the failures in pre employment background checks that Chief Monroe has detailed in his letter. Jackson is an example of how CMPD fails to supervise and monitor rookie police officers in the field. The failures outlined at Cedar Posts are just the tip of the iceberg.
Because Chief Monroe and his command staff ignored or dismissed the questionable and violent actions of Officer Jackson as defined by two civil actions and by Mint Hill police after he was placed in the field, he was permitted to continue his illegal behavior while wearing the uniform of the CMPD.
While the changes Chief Monroe has noted may serve to help restore the public's trust they do little to vet out rouge officers currently within the department.
The letter is a well crafted attempt to white wash the Marcus Jackson show. But all in all Cedar Posts thinks the letter is a good move by the chief's handlers.
But what do you think?
Around the corner from RoMo's letter is Taylor Batten's editorial "How (Not) To Handle That Pesky Public" where Taylor takes the CMPD and Deputy City Attorney Mark Newbold to task.