"He had a different way of looking at the land, the trouble at hand or any circumstance that might just come along .... and he measured his life in cedar posts and miles of barbed wire fence”.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Mike Campagna's Day In The Sunshine
Proof that CMPD directives were often just something that was made up on the fly, CMPD Captain Mike Campagna told the jury that Officer Kerrick's decision to draw his service weapon when Officer Little drew his taser was against training.
Campagna testified that Kerrick’s decision to pull his gun to back up an officer who had drawn his Taser violated CMPD policies.
But according the the Observer:
Out of the jury's presence, the judge reviewed evidence that after a 2012 incident Kerrick was told to draw his gun if another officer draws his Taser.
Prosecutors sought to block the testimony as confusing and misleading. Though Judge Robert Ervin didn't issue a ruling, his comments suggested that he would allow Kerrick's fellow officers to testify about the incident.
C.T. Thompson told the judge, after jurors left for the day, that he and Kerrick responded to a suspicious vehicle call in 2012. They thought the suspect was armed. Both officers drew their Tasers.
Afterward, a lieutenant counseled them that if one officer draws his Taser, the second officer should draw his gun.
That contradicts the testimony by Capt. Mike Campagna who said CMPD does not teach officers to do that. Kerrick, however, told investigators a few hours after he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell that he was trained to pull his gun if another officer pulled his Taser. Read more here:
Campagna looked terribly uncomfortable during his testimony, at times looking to prosecutors for guidance so he could stay on script. But when asked about Officer Kerrick's use of deadly force Campagna stated that the action was against CMPD directives.
As anyone at CMPD can tell you the department and more so Chief Monroe had a habit of changing the SOP as necessary and often without any real thought process, but never putting it in writing.
Cedar's Take: isn't there a directive against male officers wearing makeup? Is that something Campagna does normally or is the eyeliner just to make his eyes seem honest and a little less like a beady eyed snake?
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article30687696.html#storylink=cpy