Wednesday, January 4, 2012
CMPD Spin Control Out of Control
Main Stream Media has to pay by certain rules that require them to check all the facts and check them again before going on air with a story. Blogs like Cedar Posts make a sincere effort to check the facts but lack the resources that you'll find at news power houses like the Charlotte Observer.
Even so the Observer runs retractions and corrections every day.
What makes the job of being correct and accurately reporting the facts difficult for both blogs and MSM is the endless spin coming out of CMPD.
For example, when WSOC questioned CMPD "tool in residence" Rob Tufano about CMPD Officer David Jones 240 hour suspension, Tufano said while he can't legally say why Jones has been suspended, many officers suspensions are for minor issues.
“Showing up late for court, showing up late for roll calls, violations of your uniform -- those are suspendable kinds of situations for us,” Tufano said.
WSOC rolled on and didn't press the issue.
But seriously did WSOC really believe that CMPD gives 240 hour active suspensions for being late to work? Jones was given a month and a half without pay for a serious violation. According to sources Jones suspension was for "excessive use of force". Use of force that required the hospitalization of a suspect.
Just after Midnight on New Years Day police scanners where pretty active, a call for a noise disturbance blended into hundreds of others. But a smart WBTV reporter heard a call regarding an injured officers that sent them scrambling to Waterford Lake Drive in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. At the scene WBTV was told it was nothing, that the Officer was fine and was hit by just a paint ball. WBTV shrugged and rolled on.
When Chief Monroe was interviewed about the low number of homicides in Charlotte last year, WSOC asked the chief how many homicides scenes he has been to, Monroe answered that he's been to the scene of about 35 of this year's homicides. Again "spin" because "about 35" is not a truthful statement. The correct answer is exactly 22 active homicide scenes.
Chief Monroe is a natural born liar and embellisher, and so it should come as no surprise that the CMPD Command staff follows his lead. Truth has become a rare commodity at CMPD. They spend untold amounts of time trying to determine the source of leaks and spinning the most insignificant events.
CMPD's Spin on the case of Tanisha Williams is most troubling. Tufano along with Major Vicki Foster along with Tufano told a group of reporters who viewed the video of Williams “It certainly appears that those officers didn’t violate policy."
Yet CMPD Directives 500-008 say otherwise:
"Visual observation of prisoners must be maintained by the transporting officers at all times".... Under no circumstance will a prisoner in custody be left unattended in a transport vehicle".
The directives are here.
You have to ask yourself, if Rob Tufano is going to lie about a wayward bullet striking a Police Officer, news that should have been reported promptly and truthfully in the first place or the near death of a prisoner, what keeps him from lying when the Chief's butt is really on the line? What keeps him perjuring himself in a court of law, when the stakes are much higher?