The Charlotte Observer is reporting the resignation of CMPD Officer, Brian Cloninger who is accused of misconduct. Mecklenburg County District Attorney's office says Cloninger tried to rig a robbery suspect line up among other things.
As a result at least 70 pending cases including drunken driving, assault and drug charges have also been dismissed.
"Officer Cloninger tainted the case from the start," says prosecutor Jeff Davis. "A victim's identification of a suspect should be based on memory and not because a police officer has shown the victim a mug shot."
Prosecutors say when they confronted Cloninger, the 15-year veteran was unrepentant and told them he was "just trying to get a bad guy off the streets."
The balance of the Charlotte Observer story details other cases that have been dropped due an other CMPD officer who has resigned. You can read the story here.
Not surprisingly when the Observer sought comment from CMPD Chief Monroe declined citing privacy concerns.
Why would a 15 year veteran risk it all just to convict one bad guy? Is this latest development just symptomatic of the pressure Chief Monroe has created by his "numbers" oriented management style. Law enforcement at any cost?
The bigger question is what is going on at CMPD? If Chief Monroe is unwilling to talk about it honestly how can we trust any officer? We already know that Chief Monroe hides behind lies and misstatements. How long before another officer is forced out? When will Charlotte's elected officials wake up and begin an investigation of CMPD.
The citizens deserve honesty and truthful answers and frankly we deserve better than Rodney Monroe.