While the cash strapped Observer and even local television news has moved on to fresh news, WFAE keeps digging into the Marcus Jackson case.
Turns out much of what has been said here on Cedar Posts is correct to a considerable degree. Now comes word from WFAE that backs up an earlier report by WSOC that many on City Council including Andy Dulin discounted as a non-event.
There is no doubt that Chief Monroe who controls CMPD internal affairs gave Jackson as free pass after Jackson falsified a police report about a July 11, 2009 accident involving a fellow police officer.
Charlotte City Council last week decided not to review the personnel file of former Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer Marcus Jackson.
Jackson is accused of sexually assaulting five women he pulled over on traffic stops and one woman who called 911 for help with a domestic disturbance. Overall, he's been indicted on 15 charges.
But the rookie officer received the attention of CMPD's Internal Affairs division even before the first charges were filed against him. There are still unanswered questions about that investigation. Among them: Why did officer Jackson change a police report one month after he filed it?
WFAE’s Victoria Cherrie and Lisa Miller full report is here.
WFAE's report sheds new light on a apparent cover up that started at the top and filtered down the chain of command. Chief Monroe's effort to spin the Jackson story as a mistake prior to his arrival in Charlotte is unraveling. Rob Tufano's efforts to turn the media away have also been part of the cover up. Meanwhile Charlotte's City Council has been complicit, by allowing the cover up to continue.
What is not known is why Internal Affairs recommended punishment for speeding but not for lying on the police report, the recommendation according to a 37 year veteran of CMPD should have definitely more than the 16 hour in active suspension.
Jackson was clearly shown favoritism of some sort, all that remains now is to determine why and if he had been treated differently would the attacks on five Charlotte women have occurred.
Regardless we have a Police Chief who lies, condones lying and if he's lying about this what else is he not being truthful about. Frankly Charlotte deserves better.