The title might as well be "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" for all the strange and odd things going on at CMPD.
Today the "Local Paper" is reporting that an attorney for Marcus Jackson (who is still locked up) is seeking a protective order to prevent release of his CMPD personnel file.
This is just a little odd in that if as suspected his file is filled, glossed over suspension, and discipline issues it would clearly support the notion that CMPD failed to supervise the rookie officer which might somewhat mitigate the circumstances surrounding his arrest. So what is there to protect?
The motion for a protective order, filed Monday by Jackson's lawyer, Susan Weigand, says "the release of Jackson's files while the charges are still pending would thwart the administration of justice, deny the defendant his right to a fair trial and would be a denial of due process of law."
A judge is set to hear the motion on Monday. City Attorney McCarley said the city will neither oppose nor support the motion and will comply with any final order from the court.
The "Local Paper" has also asked the city to release information about all CMPD officers disciplined in the past five years, including termination letters.
This would of course commence a major snowball effect on CMPD and you can almost smell the smoke from the fires and hear the paper shredder working overtime.
Cedar Posts has always suspected that Jackson was pushed for acceptance into the CMPD training class based on his race and that his application was sanitized before being presented to the Civil Service Board. The minutes of that board meeting show a pattern that is somewhat consistent with this thinking.
Further to add to the cover up suspicion, the Civil Service Board minutes are no longer posted to the Char-Meck web site. Gone as well is the annual report of the CMPD Internal Affairs Division, CMPD budget, Significant Event Log and 911 Calls for Service.
Things that Chief Monroe has considered a thorn in his backside, but from the public side of the law makes CMPD seem more like a Black-Ops operation rather than a municipal police department.
CMPD has long defended keeping the Jackson files sealed. Now suddenly they offer no opinion while they let Jackson's attorney do the dirty work.
All of this leads many to suggest that Jackson's files have long since been sanitized.
Or as Willy Wonka would say: "I'm sorry, but all questions "must" be submitted in writing. And so, in the greatest of secrecy...."