With all due respect to the man's position, the uniform and badge that he wears, would someone please keep Rodney Monroe away from the microphone.
Because this is how he is perceived.
Totally unfreaking professional.
Often Cedar Posts is the lone voice against Chief Monroe's actions, yesterday the list of those appalled at his mid-day presser was long and distinguished.
Jeff Taylor who pens "The Meck Deck" blog:
First up, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe at his presser yesterday:
This was a random act of violence…
Then Chief Monroe seconds later:
He was looking for someone to rob in that area. …Unfortunately, Mr. Barber came along.
So then CMPD does not believe Chauncey Sterling, 18, acted randomly in making his way to a wealthy section of Charlotte before approaching a solitary, distinguished-looking older gentleman with the intent of forcibly taking valuables from him.
More from Jeff Taylor here
WBT Radio's Keith Larson noted that Chief's jovial behavior at the press conference. Walking to the microphone Chief Monroe jokes with reporters that "it's ok to say good morning". The audio is here at the top of the Larson page. And Larson's rant here.
Interesting WSOC edits out the chief's initial exchange but fails to edit out the never ending uhh's that litter his statement which is here and during his follow up questions which is here.
Later yesterday Tara Servatius noted the obvious gang connection to Chauncey Sterling and his numerous posts on MySpace and FaceBook (Since Removed) lamenting his need for money.
The most amazing comment added to the Cedar Posts report of Sterling's arrest is this:
Chauncey does not come from a line of losers.
His older brother is a college graduate who
owns a home and has a family. His older sister
is currently working full-time to pay her way
through college. His grandmother was a college
graduate and a teacher. Most of his aunts and
uncles (there were a total of 11) were college
graduates as well. There are too many cousins
to list that also has college education and
degrees and many many many accomplishments.
April 26, 2011 7:57 PM
A follow-up comment noted that with all that success not one of Sterling's family stepped up to, individually or collectively hire a lawyer. Either not much of a family or not much of a success.
Cedar's Take: Good Point! Why should we have to pay for a public defender if Chauncey Sterling's family is so well off?
Add Chauncey Sterling's MySpace Page to his list of accomplishments as his page earned a nice award yesterday:
Chauncey Sterling just earned the In The Spotlight badge
In The Spotlight
Because your photos are earning quite a bit of attention