So far CMPD operations appear to be normal, but under the stoic resolve there are things going on that would wow even the most connected police beat reporter.
It might come as no surprise that CMPD PIO (Public Information Officers) lie, this has been the MO of Rodney Monroe and not surprisingly may be a lasting legacy under Chief Putney.
Today is day one of the Randall "Wes" Kerrick murder trial, so expect the campaign of disinformation to increase. On the surface the routine at CMPD seems normal enough but behind closed doors, in the back rooms and basements of CMPD and City Government center there is an increased sense of urgency.
The "all hands on deck order" is ready, vacation requests are being denied, as are other requests for time off.
CMPD has been blacking out and masking radio communications randomly for a few weeks now. Radio traffic seems normal and suddenly you notice that the calls are on a loop. That MVA on East Independence keeps happening over and over again. To the casual listener everything seems normal.
Civil Response Teams as well as VCAT and SWAT units are on alert, members cell phones volume set to loud.
City Manager Ron Carley has his "Extraordinary Event" order at the ready.
Conversations between City Council members, as to the competency of the city manger have been put on hold.
The governor's office has also been working behind the scenes on contingency plans, from prepared statements to orders calling up the national guard.
State Highway Patrol is also at the ready.
On the other side of town outside agitators have been planning as well. Bree Newsome being as bold as posting photos of a recent "planning session" at Johnson C. Smith University.
Perhaps they have little reason to hide, as they already know CMPD has a group that works full time tracking and cataloging suspected outside agitators. Undercover officers who came through the DNC 2012 convention unchallenged and undetected remain active in their UC roles.
St. Louis and Baltimore officers have been seen in Charlotte recently apparently offering their advice.
Federal agency efforts mainly FBI and AFT are also being consulted.
There is little doubt that Rodney Monroe's resignation was timed in an effort to leave his reputation intact. Violent crimes in Charlotte have ticked up recently and the end result of the Randall "Wes" Kerrick trial an expected acquittal, will no doubt result in some form of civil disturbance.
Given the fact that the Ferrell family members and lawyers have already expressed the opinion that the system is rigged and that justice will not be served, one can expect August will indeed provide for that Long Hot Summer Southerners dread.