Monday, May 30, 2011
Charlotte Leaders Speak Up About Saturday's Riot and Homicide But Do They Get It?
Charlotte City Councilman David Howard responded to Saturday night's riot via email: "I do look forward to learning more about this situation from city staff and CMPD." Howard also wrote, "I am confident that just like those other rare occasions when bad things happened, CMPD will take the proper actions to address these situations in the future."
Cedar's Take: Rare occasions like the riots in the above video uploaded last month? David Howard needs to lead not follow. If he's unwilling to lead then he better get the hell out of the way. CMPD was not prepared, NASCAR was not committed to public safety and how many times will this happen before Uptown becomes known as a war zone. How many chances does Charlotte get?
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx spoke to the "Local Paper" stating: "I think people understand a city is a city. And we move forward, and we are always trying to improve the model of safety for people who live in this community."
While calling the riot "very unfortunate" and the shootings "horrible," Mayor Foxx went on to say it would have no impact on the DNC.
"That's an entirely different event with a lot of other players involved in security," Foxx said.
When asked about having Charlotte safe for the DNC 2012 event Mayor Foxx responds:
"I think our track record in terms of overall crime statistics suggests we are working hard to get there."
Foxx added that the city is up to the task of securing the convention. "It's a continual effort," he said. "I think our city's going to do just fine."
Cedar's Take: Mayor Foxx coincides that a City is a City. Clearly he's given into the thinking that murders happen in cities and riots are just the cost of doing business in a city, or winning a Super Bowl. Unfreaking Believable!
Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Dan Murrey, chairman of the DNC's local host committee, said Sunday he's confident that appropriate security measures will be in place for the convention.
"I have a lot of confidence that over the course of the next year of preparations - between local, state and federal law enforcement - that downtown Charlotte will be very safe and secure for the convention effort," Murrey said.
Cedar's Take: Murrey is confident that with the addition of state and federal law enforcement downtown will be very safe and secure. So let's admit CMPD is out of it's league and you are not safe Uptown when the thugs show up, unless of course it's during the Democratic National Convention!
WSOC TV caught up the Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin who told reporters that the Transit Center will be one focus of their plan to fix the problem.
"Any day of the week, seven days a week, 365 days out of the year, we're going to fix it so people are safe when they go to the transfer station," Dulin said.
Dulin said that on a scale of 1 to 10, his concern is at twelve.
"I don't normally speak for the city council and the mayor, but I'm going to speak for them now: we're going to fix that problem," Dulin said.
Cedar's Take: Andy Dulin is full of hot air. Over the last two years Cedar Posts has asked Councilman Dulin to respond to concerns about crime and CMPD's lack of operational preparedness. Nothing but crickets from Dulin. WSOC and Fox Charlotte aired the video at the top of this post and Dulin advised it was blown out of proportion.
More of WSOC TV's report is here.
The "Local Paper" went on to say "The core of DNC events will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena and the Charlotte Convention Center. They are blocks from the shooting scene and the Charlotte Transit Center"
Cedar's Take: I'm not sure what city the Observer news staff is located, but the homicide took place on 3rd Street near College, the second shooting at 4th and College, and so I wouldn't say "blocks" away.
The "Charlotte Transit Center" were most of the rioting took place is right next door to the Time Warner Cable Arena. The logical route to most of the hotels and restaurants in the area is via College Street. The murder took place less than 2 blocks from the Charlotte Convention Center front door on College Street. 15 months from now most of the DNC attendees will walk over the same spot where Antwan Smith bleed out and died on Sunday morning.
Are you safe in Uptown? You tell me.