Facts Continue To Emerge as CMPD and Council Go Into Full Spin Control
CMPD released a report to select media sources late Wednesday night.
According to the local paper, the report says the disturbances did not happen at the uptown Speed Street festival, but that police were concerned about surging crowds of youths between ages 10 and 25 outside the event as early as 6 p.m. Saturday. Trouble escalated shortly after the festival closed at 11 p.m., including the 11:30 p.m. confrontation outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel between officers and the charging crowd.
The report also contains a map showing many of the arrests were concentrated near the transit center, the EpiCentre and Time Warner Cable Arena. The arrests include two for assault on an officer.
"Though the Center City area experienced large crowds and several fights, the fights were limited to small groups of individuals," the report says. "Control of the Center City was maintained at all times."
Cedar Posts has learned that Civil Emergency Unit officers were not exactly "staged" as first reported, but according to CMPD sources were within 20 minutes from Uptown.
The report apparently conflicts with an earlier accounts that stated that the troubles didn't start until hours after the "Speed Street" event had ended. The most recent account squares better with eyewitness account of youth taunting and heckling "Speed Street" attendees.
5th Annual Shelton and Clark Memorial Benefit Softball Tournament
On Saturday, July 2, 2011 and Sunday July 3, 2011, a benefit softball tournament will be held at Idlewild Road Park to pay tribute and honor Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark. Home Run Derby Contest begins at 12:00, Saturday, July 2nd with Tournament Play beginning at 8:00am Sunday, July 3rd.
Team registration fee: 200.00 per team
Home Run Derby registration fee: 20.00 per person
Team Trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes
There will be food and fun for a great cause! Any and all donations accepted!
The first (8) Co-Ed Teams will be accepted and the first (8) MENS teams will be accepted (USSSA RULES)
If interested in supporting this cause, please contact:
Detective Darryl Seegars
Matthews Police Department
Cedar Says: This a great event that needs your support and its a great way to spend the July 4th weekend.
Charlotte City Council Split On Uptown Melee
Councilman Warren Turner said he is already convinced the department took the proper steps. Turner suggested the media has mischaracterized what happened.
"I feel like the city handled it well, the police department, very well," Turner said.
Councilman David Howard said uptown is one of the safest areas of the city, but "we have some perception issues."
City council member Patrick Cannon, who chairs the council's community safety committee, said a large number of people were loitering at the transit center instead of using it to board buses.
"We have to get our minds around managing large numbers of people using the transit center," Cannon said. "That's why the transportation piece, in my mind, is more important than anything else."
Mecklenburg County Magistrate Sylvia Cherry returned to work this weekend.
Cherry was suspended last week when she granted an unsecured bond, allowing 23-year-old Martin Diamond to sign himself out of jail.
Diamond is accused of attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, breaking and entering, and first degree sex offense based on allegations that he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, attacked her, broke her jaw, and raped her.
Local media reports that Diamond continues to update his "FaceBook" page while being on the run.
CMPD investigators say the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team is continuing to look for Martin Diamond.
Diamond is 6’0” and 155 pounds with a cross tattoo on his shoulder. He is considered extremely dangerous. If you see him or know his whereabouts, call CMPD or 911.