Gunfire claimed the lives of Charlotte's 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th homicide victims on Sunday, giving A&E's The First 48 production crew plenty of flashing blue lights and bodies covered with plastic sheets.
Devon Clement, 20, Dominique McGriff, 21, Tia Mitchell, 23, and Michael Pernell Smith, 29 are the real people in the body bags, names that sadly will soon be forgotten.
While CMPD's web site proclaims the violent crime is down 7 percent, murder is running far ahead of last year and yet thankfully at a pace slower than 2008.
Of all the crimes, murder is the hardest for law enforcement to impact, so while Cedar Posts would like to fault Chief Monroe for the increase, the fact is people kill each other, and sometimes homicides come in twos and fours.
You may have noticed Chief Monroe's absence from the latest presser as deputy chiefs spread the news about the ever falling crime numbers. A year ago Chief Monroe was proudly pointing to the decline in murders as proof that his changes and increase in police officers on patrol was having a profound affect. Now a year later that trend is reversed and homicides are growing at an alarming rate. So where is Rodney Monroe to explain the increase?
The truth is, for all the money, all the new officers, pr staffers, community meetings, computer crime stat models, meetings, ass chewings and award presentations at the Time Warner Cable "Cable Box" Rodney Monroe has no, none, nanno, zip and I mean zero ability to prevent homicides.
But leave it to Chief "Where am I Hiding the Bodies?" Monroe to take credit when the murder numbers go down, and go into hiding when the numbers go UP!
The Charlotte Observer's interactive homicide map here.
Detroit Police shoot and kill a 7 year old girl with The First 48 cameras rolling the full story is here.