You might recall CMPD Chief Monroe recently sending a team to Puerto Rico to recruit Spanish speaking officers to work for the Charlotte Police Department. Apparently CMPD came back empty handed returning with little fan fair or formal announcement.
But according to the US Justice Department CMPD efforts couldn't have been more misguided.
In a blistering condemnation of the second-largest police force in the United States, the Justice Department is accusing the Puerto Rico Police Department of a “profound” and “longstanding” pattern of civil rights violations and other illegal practices that have left it “broken in a number of critical and fundamental respects.”
In a 116-page report that officials made public Thursday, the civil rights division of the Justice Department accused the Puerto Rico Police Department of systematically “using force, including deadly force, when no force or lesser force was called for,” unnecessarily injuring hundreds of people and killing “numerous others.”
A copy of the report is here.
You can read the full story from the New York Times here. The entire Justice Department memo is here.
Seems either CMPD officials where completely uninformed and unaware of the investigation that began in 2008, or the trip really was nothing more than a "Plus 1" business trip to enjoy some fun in the sun.
Cedar's Take: Call me crazy but it doesn't seem like a very good idea to recruit police officers from the nation's most corrupt police department just because Charlotte is low on Spanish speaking officers.