CMPD's MIA Chief Turns Up Standing side by side With Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington.
Much to the surprise of many, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe appeared on behalf of embattled Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday on Capital Hill.
Mr. Holder was summoned to answer questions about the failed "Fast and Furious" gun sting, and apparently felt he needed some back up.
You can see Chief Monroe repeatedly peering over the Attorney General's left shoulder in the video below.
While Chief Monroe did not address Congress his appearance in Washington is a clear sign that the Chief has political aspirations far beyond Charlotte.
Today, it's a privilege to be joined by several of our key public safety partners. These five police executives - Chief [Fred] Bealefeld of Baltimore, Commissioner [Ed] Davis of Boston, Chief [Rodney] Monroe of Charlotte, Chief [Ralph] Godbee of Detroit, and Commissioner [Charles] Ramsey of Philadelphia - have been leaders in developing and implementing innovative and effective crime prevention strategies. They have also worked closely with the Department in advancing critical efforts to reverse the alarming rise in law enforcement fatalities in recent years. The work we do along the Southwest border is influenced by the efforts they have undertaken in their own cities.
In the cities they serve - and in communities across the country - this work is a priority. And, in our ongoing efforts to protect the American people and our brave law enforcement personnel, a critical area of focus will continue to be our battle against gun violence on the Southwest Border.
.....This will require us to apply the lessons we've learned from law enforcement officers, like the ones who sit behind me today, who protect public safety and our national security every day.
A complete copy of Mr. Holder's openning remarks can be found at the Justice Department's web site which is here.