Saturday, December 3, 2011
Murder Victim Mikal Legrande's CMPD Connection
WSOC TV's Camera Crew were on scene early on November 15, 2011
Sometime just after Midnight, November 15 Mikal Lee Legrande was shot to death by Jeremiah Lamont Luke at the Steeplechase Apartments parking lot. Luke had spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in Charlotte in 1995 and was most recently arrested for trafficking cocaine. WSOC TV's Coverage is here.
Jeremiah Lamont Luke Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Mikal Lee Legrande Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Witnesses told police that Legrande and a "friend" arrived at the apartment complex to meet someone. Witnesses heard a gunshot, police said, and then discovered Legrande lying in the parking lot.
Legrande had a history of domestic violence: with recent charges of assault on female, aggressive and non-aggressive, additional arrests for communicating threats, interfering with an emergency call, as well as a sentence of probation on an apparent felony conviction.
Legrande was convicted on the day of his murder for violation of a protective order and was sentenced to 18 months probation and community service. NCDOC Record is here.
Normally the killing of one thug by another wouldn't draw much attention. Such is life in a big city where drugs and violence are embraced by many in black culture as an accepted way of life.
The cursory mention on the morning news, and a slightly more detailed report and perhaps a follow up in the Charlotte Observer, are nominal in Charlotte for the killing of a black male in East Charlotte.
Steeplechase is no stranger to violence, located in CMPD's Independence Division the area receives more than its share of 911 calls for service. Dozens of reports of crime including rape and armed robbery and more than 100 calls for breaking and entering, theft from auto and other less serious crimes have been reported since January 1, 2011.
But then there's the CMPD Connection.
The 30 year old Legrande was the father of five children ages 13-4, was married and worked for Service Master of Charlotte all facts detailed in his obituary.
But it is this curious entry in his obituary that raised some eyebrows,
"..... and a special friend who God chose to bring into his life seven months ago, Kamesha Bridges, Charlotte."
Bridges is a Detective with CMPD's Special Victims Unit. Rumors at CMPD's water cooler are that Bridges and Legrande were dating. Bridges doesn't seem to be concerned about the relationship which is displayed publicly on her facebook.
Legrande and Bridges Photo Taken From Bridges Facebook Page
But CMPD directives are clear about association with known felons.
15. Associations: Employees will avoid associations or dealings with persons who they know, or should know, are under criminal investigation or indictment or who have a criminal record, except as necessary to the performance of official duties or where unavoidable due to family relationships.
Legrande's Facebook Page is here.
Bridges Facebook Page is here.
Cedar's Take: It is a Black/African/American thing, an accepted way of life for those who embrace a culture of drugs and violence. Mikal Legrande was part of that culture.
But when a Charlotte Police Officer chooses to associate with people who live this lifestyle she brings a question of integrity to the entire department. As the title "Officer" implies, there is a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with the job. Knowing who not to associate with is part of that responsibility.
Props to City News Watch for fact checking and running down much of the details.