CMPD Reports Lowest Homicide Rate in Years - In an interview last Saturday night, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said homicides have declined because of the intense focus the department brings to the initial hours of death investigations. As many as a dozen investigators - from homicide, gang, assault and vice units - show up at crime scenes to talk to witnesses and share information.
Monroe also said he's been to the scene of about 35 of this year's homicides.
"When we're locking up suspects in homicide cases inside of 48 or 72 hours, people take notice of that. The good guys and the bad guys take notice of that. Our (homicide detectives) are working 24-36 hours straight. Cases aren't going cold."
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Cedar's Take: 35 of 55 isn't bad but that is not what the public perception is, at least according to the CP Poll that ran through the end of the year.
Chief Monroe claims he has been to "about" 65 percent of last year's homicides. But poll numbers show that the majority of respondents believe that Chief Monroe has been to less than 10%. However 8% of the voters thought that the Chief had been to all on the homicides just as he told WBTV News he would do back in 2008.
According to sources Chief Monroe has been to less than 20 of last year's homicides and they are giving him credit for as little as a drive by a week later.
Tweet of the Week! - "Given Sufficient Thrust Pigs Fly Just Fine"
CFD Fail - Cedar posts asked CFD information officers to comment about the decorative landscaping around this city fire hydrant two weeks ago, nothing but crickets. A review of city ordinance points out this is a complete fail on the part of Chick Fil A at the Arboretum.
Attractive hardscape is nice but it would be an additional challenge to Charlotte Fire Fighters attempting to connect to the 2 1/2 connections of the sides as they would have to work around the walls. The connection to the engine via the 4 1/2 would be ok though it lacks the storz coupling which may be exempt since the color coding denotes a "private" hydrant. But the whole structure is questionable. Then again maybe its ok.
Bride of Chucky?
CMPD meets all types of misfits and scary people. This one takes the prize. I seriously think this calls for some action on the part of Charlotte's Medical Community.
In Case You Missed It - August of 2010
Tanisha Williams - was arrested December 5, 2011, accused of shoplifting at a store on Freedom Drive in west Charlotte. According to police, Williams began banging her head against the window after being placed inside the patrol car. Police officials also say the young woman choked herself with a seat belt. Williams has been hospitalized since the incident and is on life support. Her condition is irresverable due to lack of brain function.
Friends and family members held a vigil last Thursday evening for Williams. NewsChannel 36, the Observer's news partner, says police officials approached family members and their attorney, William Harding, at the end of the vigil and said they would permit the family to see the video.
Cedar's Take: Really? Did they really think that was the appropriate time to tell the family the good news.
One detective told NewsChannel 36 the footage was the most horrific he had seen in his 25 years with the department. Porsha Williams, Tanisha's sister, told NewsChannel 36 on Thursday evening she would not believe the police account of the incident until she saw the video. She also said she can't believe her sister would hurt herself. Harding said he plans to view the video on Monday. Police and the family are asking anyone who might have seen any of the events on Dec. 5 to contact them.
Ben Breedlove's This Is My Story - By now you have seen clips of Ben Breedlove's You Tube Video on national main stream media. Ben passed away Christmas Day just a few hours after he posted this video.
But amazingly what the MSM doesn't talk about is Ben's several encounters with death. They completely miss the point of his video because they didn't take the time to watch the entire thing. You should. Both Parts.