Surreal is the word that comes to mind reading the complaint filed on behalf of Jorge Mota Quiroz and Esmeyda Chavez Matias against Charlotte Police Officer Marcus Jackson and the City of Charlotte.
The young couple were returning from a night of dancing at the Club Kalypso on North Tryon Street when what should have been an enjoyable evening turned into a nightmare.
The story line is of course as familiar as a B horror movie. Psycho killer dressed as a cop stops young couple on a lonely stretch of highway. They pull into a deserted gas station, it is cold outside and a thick fog has rolled in, shrouding the lights in a suddenly eerie glow.
Inexplicably, the couple agree to follow the creepy cop to a dark parking lot way from the lights and presumed safety of the service station, as we watch we beg them not to go deeper into the darkness.
We know the routine, boyfriend stands by helplessly as his girlfriend is attacked, the cell phone doesn’t work, the car won’t start no one hears their pleas for help. The cops shines his flash light into the face of the young man who is terrified as his girlfriend pleads for her life, just before....
Of course it is only a really bad movie, but in this case it was real and it happened in our city, on our street and in our back yard.
The complaints filed this week at the Mecklenurg County Court House detail a perverse and violent encounter with Officer Marcus Jackson. Reading is not easy and one can only imagine the fear, rage and frustration Jorge Ouiroz must have felt while he tried in vain to get help via 911. A transcript of the 3 calls to 911 are here.
The copy of the complaints filed with the Clerk of Court are here and here, and graphically show a side of law enforcement that few imagined could ever occur in our city.
It is doubtful the real truth will ever come out. Charlotte city manager Curt "The Clown" Walton and CMPD Chief Rodney "RoMo" Monroe have deflected blame to hiring practices in place before Monroe's tenure began.
But Neal Rodgers the attorney acting of behalf of the victims is on to the fact that the failures at the CMPD continued long after Jackson rolled on his first call.
Monroe and Walton are clearly playing catch up. When the 911 tapes were released both Monroe and Walton added that a review of 911 operations are also underway.
But it is evident that problems with the 911 operations and how they interact with Latinos is something that the city should have addressed long ago and in depth.
Charlotte City Council needs to dig deeper into operations at CMPD and explore not only the hiring of Marcus Jackson but how Jackson was supervised.
If coucil simply looks the other way, this nightmare will be swept under the already dirty rug that has become the Charlotte Police Department under Rodney Monroe.