Monday, June 6, 2011
Another Monday After and More Spin
CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, Mayor Anthony Foxx and CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers huddle during their Thursday presser. WFAE's Julie Rose covered the meeting here.
CMPD and Charlotte's civic leaders continued their spin on the melee from May 28th by having Chief Monroe and transit officials address Charlotte City Council Monday evening. Yet they didn't broadcast the public meeting.
Chief Monroe continued to state that at "no time did we loose control" and offered up the following video in a format that takes nearly an hour to download.
Cedar Posts has saved you the trouble of trying to view the video via CMPD and City computers by uploading it to You tube.
The video that doesn't have the familiar time and date stamp, begins with an arrest of a black man as he's put to the hood of a CMPD police car and ends sometime later with what seems to be the first of many scenes of people running during a night that boils over with a homicide and another shooting.
Transit Director Carolyn Flowers told Charlotte City Council that there was calm before, during and after Speed Street, and presented two screen saves of the transit center showing calm at 10:30 and more calm at 1:30. It's not hard to understand why they didn't present photos from 11:30 and 12:30.
Here's an interesting perspective of Charlotte's Transit Center:
One point of contention is that the media has blown the events out of control. At issue is the word riot. During Monday's meeting Chief Monroe offered his definition of riot:
Council member Warren Cooksey who sides with Chief Monroe, posted the above photo to his twitter account with the statement: "Unless you have a different definition, please stop using term rioting".
Perhaps the Official CMPD definition of riot should be used:
Riot: A public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons who by disorderly and violent conduct or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property. The link to CMPD's Directives is here.
Cedar's Take: I supposed it depends on your position on crime, Cooskey has taken the "it was no big deal" position, I'd rather suggest zero tolerance should be Mr. Cooskey's position vs his "boys will be boys attitude."
Only someone willfully opposed to the truth would try to persuade citizens that events at Speed Street were not a riot or even near riot.
Another definition is here
Clearly Monroe's and Cooksey's idea of what constitutes a riot are far removed from normal.
A second point is the reports that there was looting, a video from WSOC offers an unexplained view of a mass exit of a store uptown which is here.
Again Officials and Rodney Monroe describe the event not as looting but, petty theft.
One of the advantages in working a job in Charleston, sometimes for days on end, is that it gives a good degree of perspective.
Anchored off a South Carolina barrier island over the weekend, far from the madness of Charlotte's Uptown it easy to see the spin.
The Charlotte Observer has described the Monroe - Foxx spin perfectly:
"Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Mayor Anthony Foxx, have tried hard this past week to find the right combination of acknowledging the problem and assuring us it's not really a problem."
The Op-Ed by Peter St. Onge is here.
Listening to Charlotte's Police Chief Rodney Monroe continually refer to Uptown Charlotte as the "Inner City" and stating emphatically that we have street fights every week end, and that "at no time did we loose control" are words from a man who clearly did not grow up in Charlotte and has no intention of living here any more than necessary to grab his take and move on.