CMPD Promotions - The new rank of Lieutenant is official at CMPD. But new it is not the Charlotte Police Department had the rank years back but eliminated it to save costs and eliminate too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
So much for saving money under Chief Monroe, the new Lieutenants will cost taxpayers plenty, in fact the uniforms alone are well over $25,000.00. Then there are the 13 RAC's who did not make Lieutenant but are being paid at the pay rate approved for Lieutenant because you can give officers a raise and a promotion but you can't take it away without a civil service board hearing.
According to sources Chief Monroe told the 13 who were not promoted to Lieutenants that their supervisory job was really only a "temporary assignment" but several of the RACS asked how could something be temporary that lasted over 3 years? Chief asked them in so many words just to be "good people" and do as they were told that in the end they would be taken care of. But for now for now they will return to the role of a sergeant but with more pay than their coworkers.
In order to hopefully avoid another lawsuit, CMPD is toying with the idea of making the unlucky 13 "Staff Sergeants" or maybe Junior Grade Lieutenants
Cedar's Take: Another brilliant idea out of Chief Monroe's office, add another layer of bureaucracy and added expense.
Occupy Charlotte now has access to DOD data on non lethal weapons, thanks to a leaked document which has been posted here. Actually it is very cool "gouge" and as much fun as L.L.Bean sporting equipment catalog with a considerably nasty component.
Modular Crowd Control Munition (MCCM)
Currently fielded by USA
Lead Agency: USA
Concept of Employment: Used at entry control points, for crowd control and other defensive actions. Capability Effect: Blunt impact.
Target Type: Counter-Personnel
Description: The MCCM has the same dimensions as a standard Claymore Mine (8”X1.3”X3”) and weighs ~ 6 lbs. Each MCCM contains 600, 0.32 Caliber Neoprene Rubber Balls
The back story is that Occupy Charlotte is getting help from all type of sources and may not be at disorganized as they seem. More about this from Robert Tiford here.
More On In Custody Suicides - The point here is failure to follow directives is never a good thing. This could have been a multiple fatality incident.
WARNING THIS IS GRAPHIC
A suspect facing a number of charges including shooting a deputy, (who survived) calmly pulls a .45 cannon from his waist band and kills himself while seated in a police interrogation room. The back story is here. The officers and deputies involved were all disciplined but no one was fired. The family sued and settled out of court. The LA Times story is here.
As with the Williams case crazy people came out of no where and claimed all sorts of nuttyness, he was executed, he was a Muslim terrorist and so on. And then there were the hate filled posted comment about the illegal Mexican needed to die, of course Ricardo Alfonso Cerna was Guatemalan.