A little less than a year ago CMPD Officer Martray Proctor killed a young 20 year old women Shatona Robinson while racing down Old Statesville Road.
In the following weeks Chief Rodney Monroe's spin was what we can now call predicable.
Monroe called the death “an unfortunate and tragic incident" and he promised a thorough investigation. “It's not something we take lightly or will investigate lightly.”
But when asked direct questions Chief Monroe was unable to utter anything beyond sentence fragments, in fact unless it was a scripted question and Chief often seemed confused.
Still Monroe did promise a full accounting and to make changes in the department.
But all that talk turned to dust when Proctor was charged with felony manslaughter and the public forgot all about the death of Shatona Robinson.
From most accounts Proctor was a good cop when compared to Marcus Jackson, yet less than four months later CMPD officer Peter Lombardo and Marcus Jackson are speeding more than 70 miles an hour down Central Avenue, with Lombardo crashing his cruiser at the intersection of Central Avenue and St. George Street.
Despite the promises of Chief Monroe to "not take lightly" the death of Shatona Robinson, Jackson was only given an inactive suspension and Lombardo a one day suspension for doing the exact same thing Proctor was doing when he crashed four months earlier.
In neither case was this an accident, in both cases this was a consequence. Chief Monroe's failure to command, his failure to lead by example, his continued lack of ethics, and management style has built a culture within the CMPD where of being above the law is the status quo.
A year ago I made the point that Chief Monroe came from a culture and background where police and city leaders where above the law, and that his management style would eventually lead to a tragic events before the city of Charlotte woke up.
Charlotte it is now way past time to Wake Up!