WCNC's Stuart Watson discovered that CMPD Officers were working as a security detail for an apparently illegal gambling operation.
“This job was presented as a charitable organization,” said Captain Andy Kornberg, who supervises off-duty, secondary employment for CMPD. “I can't say that (the officers) never went inside because I wasn't there but the specification for the job is that they were working outside.”
Kornberg says the officers were outside in the parking lot while the poker game went on – first at the Ramada Inn on Woodlawn Road, and then in an office park at 9635 Southern Pines Boulevard, off of Arrowood Road in south Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police took the operator’s word when he said he was raising money for charity. There’s just one problem: “Charity Games” was a for-profit corporation – not a charity.
Capt. Kornberg said, “I can say with great certainty had they observed criminal activity they would have brought it to our attention and we would have ceased the job.”
According to Watson's report: "It’s hard to know whether officers “observed criminal activity". The question is how hard they looked."
WCNC Stuart Watson's full report is here.
Cedar's Take: It just never seems to stop.