While the Charlotte Observer has been mute on covering the most recent news on Rodney Monroe and Marcus Jackson they did today finally speak up on the editorial front.
After months of jumping up and down on behalf of CMPD officers and Charlotte taxpayer's Cedar Posts is pleased that the paper which once was a major voice in Charlotte has finally spoken up.
Props to WFAE, Jeff Taylor of Meck Deck and the guys over at WBT for keeping the truth out in front.
I remember the Charlotte Observer back in the day when something like this would be front page news. But what the hey the editorial page is better than nothing and considering all the budget and staff cuts, I'm sure its the best they can do.
So here is the Charlotte Observer's Editorial:
Persistent questions in Marcus Jackson case
How did rogue officer stay on force as misdeeds multiplied?
Questions continue to mount about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The city's ongoing secrecy about a rogue former officer continues to fuel concerns about how Chief Rodney Monroe and other top leaders hire officers and discipline bad ones. Monroe should explain his department's performance to the public it serves. And City Manager Curt Walton and the City Council should stop sticking their heads in the sand, hoping the problem goes away.
It also raises questions about how forthright Monroe has been with the public. Did he know about Jackson's second recommended suspension when he publicly said he knew of only one suspension? Or did important information never get to him? The public can't know for sure, because the police haven't said, and the City Council hasn't told City Manager Walton to make Jackson's personnel file public. Either of those scenarios reflects poorly on CMPD.
Walton should not have let this situation fester. And by looking the other way, the City Council has failed to do its duty. The council chose not even to look at Jackson's personnel file in private. Instead, a majority of council members thought they could keep their hands clean by staying uninformed, and taking Walton's and Monroe's word that everything has been handled appropriately.
That see-no-evil ignorance is not bliss for a public that counts on council members to oversee city government. It is shameful.
You can and should read the entire editorial here.