Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CMPD Chief Monroe Spins the Uptown Riots
At 3:37 PM Tuesday CMPD's Public Information Office emailed local media the following details:
"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Harold Medlock will be available to update the media on the facts and circumstances that occurred uptown this past weekend.
Please join us at Police Headquarters at 4:30 p.m."
Shortly before 5 PM Chief Rodney Monroe took to the microphone with Rob Tufano holding the leash less than five feet away as the Chief addressed the handful of reporters gathered.
Chief Monroe said in part,
Did we have fights? Yeah, we had fights," Monroe said. "Did we have disturbances? Yeah, we had disturbances, did we have fights? Yeah, we had fights, we have fights every weekend. But at no time did we ever feel that we lost control of the inner city."
"Do we believe gangs were Uptown? Yeah. Gangs were Uptown. Do we believe this homicide had some gang overtones? Yeah. There's a good indication that it did."
Monroe said two groups had been fighting for weeks in the Providence Division in southeast Charlotte. He says they took their dispute Uptown and that it led to the shooting.
Monroe went on to say that while Charlotte has gangs, the city doesn't have the same type of gang problems that other cities have, and that our gangs get along, "we might even have "Crips and Bloods living in the same house".
With Monroe's analogy of gang harmony Tufano quickly moved to end the presser, with his now often common look of surprised panic.
The "Local Paper's" Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Fred Clasen-Kelly and Shane Ryan did some seldom seen serious reporting that is worth a look. Their reporting is here.
Cedar's Take: Chief Monroe's claim that everything was under control and that there was nothing to worry about, scares the bejezzus out of me, as it should anyone else who has an interest in Uptown safety and the upcoming DNC 2012 event.
If CMPD can't control local thugs during a family style low key event, if they can't stop street fights from escalating into a shootout and homicide right under their noses, how in the world are they going to keep order, when the likes of PETA, Westboro Baptist Church, Right to Life-Anti Abortion, KKK, NAACP, Anti War, and Gays Rights protesters descend on Charlotte like locusts next year.
The countdown to July 4th has begun. Pray for rain.