Saturday, February 12, 2011
CMPD's Charlie Walker Retires
Photo Courtesy of Billy Fehr Photographer/Cyclist/Blogger
Charlotte is full of change, and full of icons and sometimes the two cross paths. For as long as I can remember Charlie Walker has been a CMPD officer and uptown beat cop. He has the look of a beat cop, no non-sense, move along there's nothing to see here kinda cop.
To those who work uptown he's as familiar as the sound of city buses, the wind swept rain on a cold winter day and the flowering trees and planting strips that dot the uptown landscape during spring's long intro to the much longer Carolina summer.
He really does have that look, weathered grey against police blue, a look that says you can't park here, turn left there , or cross the street against that light. A look that says "please tell me I didn't just see you spit on my sidewalk".
And aside from the law enforcing stare, there is also a smile, a good morning sunshine look that passing twenty something girls notice when they are noticed.
After 30 seasons, 15 of them at the square uptown Walker is giving up his turf to a younger guy.
Peace officer, law enforcer, gentleman, beat cop and icon, swept away by time and change.
More photos of Charlie Walker by Billy Fehr here and here.
And some photos from the "local paper" here although they are not as good as Billy's.
And a story by "Tommy Tomlinson" which is here.