When former CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe left the Queen City in the fall of 2014 many had hoped it was the dawn on a new era.
The department was a morale disaster, with officers leaving in droves and the "old guard" heading for retirement. Rank and File Officers begged the city to hire from within and the city yielded picking Kerr Putney to head the largest department between Atlanta and Washington. In doing so many hoped for change.
Some things did change but Rodney's cronies stayed on.
CMPD could not have looked worse than it did yesterday in the courtroom of Judge Lisa Bell.
City Manager Marcus Jones confirmed that Chief Putney advised against showing Charlotte City Council the entire body camera footage ahead of time. But Jones said he felt it was important for leaders to see it so they could engage the community. Then Chief Putney said he was advised not to provide the full footage to the court.
The Putney admitted that the department had hours of video in its possession that showed the Franklin shooting and the aftermath.
Cedar's Take: If the idea was to build trust in the community apparently someone is going about it in the wrong way. Let's face it CMPD Brass, the City Manager, Charlotte City Council all look bad because they are blame each other while resisting transparency and a law that’s supposed to take body cam releases out of their hands.
Sadly the only hero in this shit show is WBTV's Nick Osner who is an idiot for not knowing words matter when dealing with CMPD. Everyone else knows limiting words "immediately after" will give CMPD cover, and CMPD believes the less information they share the better.
Hey Nick learn to embrace words like "any" and "all" even if CMPD lawyers think all means some.
The trouble with less information is better scenario is, that it gives agitators like Bishop Talbert Swan, the ability to provide vast amounts of disinformation in a very rapid and believable format aka social media. His latest "Fact" is "Daniguirs Franklin had a properly holstered gun in NC, an open carry state. CMPD told him to put the gun down. When he reached for it they shot and killed him."
Bishop Swan's prior "facts" Franklin was unarmed and they shot the wrong man didn't stand the test of video.