Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CMPD Captain Chuck Adkins Hearing Day One

Day one of the Civil Service Board hearing for CMPD Captain Chuck Adkins, is a wrap. Monday's day long hearing focused mainly on CMPD officials presenting their findings to the board.

The hearing is unique in that never before in the history of CMPD has a Civil Service Board hearing been open to the public and it is seldom that someone with 21 years of service is cited for termination.

The following was reported by the Charlotte Observer's on line edition late last night:

Startling new details emerged Monday during a termination hearing for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused of failing to report that an assault victim came to his home for help.

Capt. Chuck Adkins did not alert law enforcement after speaking with a 19-year-old woman who had been kidnapped, handcuffed to a toilet and beaten, according to testimony from CMPD investigators.

The woman worked as a prostitute and was fleeing a pimp in September when she spotted Adkins outside his house and asked to use his phone, officers and attorneys said. She had suffered visible injuries, including facial swelling and marks on her wrists and dried blood, they said.

But instead of calling police, Adkins allowed the woman to use his cellphone to contact a friend for a ride.

CMPD had revealed little about the case before Monday’s hearing.

Civil Service Board hearings are almost always closed, but Adkins has requested an open hearing, which means anyone in the public can attend. It is the first open board hearing since 2007.

Adkins, who last served as a watch commander overseeing police operations on nights or weekends, says he invited the woman inside his home and encouraged her to report the crime. Adkins also has said he took a sleeping pill before the late-night encounter and was groggy.

“This man was nice to her,” said his attorney, Marc Gustafson. “He gave her a phone. That’s what he was supposed to do. He got her to safety.”

But CMPD policy dictates officers report domestic violence when there are signs of physical injury, investigators said.

“This is a very serious matter that goes to the heart of the function of a police officer,” said attorney Bob McDonnell, who is representing the police department.

The case is now part of a federal investigation. Details remain sketchy, but officers testified the Department of Homeland Security has interviewed the woman.

They did not say who the federal probe was targeting or what allegations the Department of Homeland Security were investigating.

Two men have been charged with kidnapping the woman who came to Adkins’ home. Authorities did not divulge their names, ages or other identifying information.

The testimony came during a Civil Service Board termination appeals hearing for Adkins. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police recommended his firing Oct. 12.

Officers can appeal a termination to the Civil Service Board, a group of civilians that reviews disciplinary actions for police and firefighters.

The panel, which can overturn or lessen punishments, plans to listen to testimony Tuesday and Wednesday before going into deliberations.

In addition to failing to immediately report his interaction with a battered woman, CMPD alleges Adkins violated department policy when he took a second job with a private security company.

He had received notice his bosses wanted to fire him but was still considered a department employee.

Adkins is arguing his actions do not warrant termination. His attorney argued he needed to take the second job to support his family, with his CMPD employment in jeopardy.

The episode started in September when the woman was lured to a Matthews hotel, according to testimony from CMPD.

She was assaulted, kidnapped and taken to a home in northeast Charlotte.

The woman escaped through a window and later approached Adkins as he tinkered in his garage, with his police cruiser parked outside.

He noticed she was bruised. In a brief conversation, the woman told him her boyfriend had beaten her at a house nearby and she had fled. She then used the officer’s cellphone to call a friend for a ride.

The next day, Adkins took his family on a beach trip.

A day later, he was reading the Observer when he saw a photo of the woman, who was reported missing.

Adkins called the missing persons unit and told them he talked with the woman. He told investigators she had used his cellphone to call for a ride.

The investigator dialed that number and made contact with the woman, who was unharmed.

A few days later, the department suspended him.

Cedar's Take: Amazing that CMPD would fire a career officer over something that at worst was just an oversight. While at the same time an Officer with a history of domestic violence and gun play is allowed to keep his job.


Anonymous said...

This charge of working for a security company is just another way to throw another log on the fire. Yes it is against state guideleines for him to be employed by a private security company while certified as a police officer. The man has 21 yrs experience.So where else is he better suited to be hired while on suspension for so long. He has to feed his family. Did they want him to lose them also while this game is played.
Back a few years ago when Stephens was Chief they didnt fire the officer who was actually running a private security company. They gave him a big send off party, with all news media in attendance, saying he was leaving to start his on company. That was a lie. He had been running the company for some time. So i think a precedent was set then. Its ok to lie about the security company you own but not ok to work for one just to feed your family. He took the best job he was qualified for and making more money than flipping burgers or working at Lowes. I wonder if this will be brought up in defense argument. Some of the memebers of the CSRB will remember the big send off party. Wonder if they have the integrity to bring it up.

Anonymous said...

What about Vicki Foster's security company? She has had that since 2007 and been promoted several times--before rules would allow.

Last promotion for VF, Chief Monroe gave a hearty hug to her boyfriend/business partner Melvin Keys at the ceremony. He knows all about it.

Anonymous said...

They are out to "get" Adkins, plain and simple.

If this were an African American officer, he would never have been sent to the Watch Commanders Office to begin with.

And all and ANY trangressions would have been covered up...period. And he would probably have been promoted.

Vicki Foster was an active owner of a security company when promoted.....She probably still is, but has learned how to cover it up.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Adkins performance, or his alleged "misconduct".

They do not like him, mainly because he has integrity, and are using these minor missteps to get rid of him.

It should be Monroe, Medlock, Graue, Gallant, Zinkann standing before a Board and on a stand.

bx bkash said...

So it is a federal crime to blur out a face,
remove tats and add writing on a photo that may be used for an escort ad? You've got to be kidding. Then there are thousands of guilty parties out there if that is the case.

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