"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, March 15, 2016
In Case You Missed It: Denver Police Officers Get Little or No Punishment For Using NCIC To Stalk Women
In shockingly similar fashion, an independant report out of Denver, highlights a problem that recently came to the attention of Cedar Posts. Apparently a new CMPD hire found the National Crime Imformation Center (NCIC) as well as the North Carolina version useful in stalking one or more female victims.
Efforts to learn the name of the CMPD Officer involved and the circumstance of the rumored stalking, as well as charges and or punishment by CP and a couple members of Charlotte's mainstream media, have met the same stonewalling common with former CMPD Chief Monroe's regime.
The bottom line is it happened, IA dealt with it and everyone is moving on. Expect the city to settle quietly with the victim shortly.
But the problem is not isolated in Charlotte or to just one rouge officer.
From Denver's ABC Affiliate and the Associate Press:
Denver police officers caught using confidential criminal databases for personal reasons get only light punishments, allowing the potentially dangerous abuse to continue, the city's independent police monitor wrote in a report released Tuesday.
The problem involves the National Crime Information Center, a database used by tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country to catch criminals, recover stolen property and identify terrorism suspects. Its users seek information on stolen guns and cars, fugitives, sex offenders and other subjects.
Denver Police Department policy warns officers that they can be criminally prosecuted for using the database and its Colorado equivalent for personal reasons. But such abuses continue, in part because the light sanctions aren't enough to deter future misconduct, Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell wrote.
Mitchell said 25 officers have been punished for inappropriate use of the databases since 2006. But most of them received reprimands, rather than the harsher penalties some police agencies impose for the same offense. None of the 25 was charged with a crime.
The Denver cases include an officer who looked up the phone number of a female hospital employee with whom he chatted during a sex assault investigation and called her at home against her wishes. Another officer ran a man's license plate seeking information for a friend, who then began driving by the man's house and threatening him, according to the monitor's report.
A third officer who ran a man's license plate number on behalf of a tow truck driver who wanted information for personal reasons received no punishment at all after he told investigators the tow truck driver needed the information as part of her official duties.
It's unclear how widespread the problem is, but the cases show a need for stronger punishment, Mitchell said.