Take "Crazy Eddie" (not his real name) he's been a fixture and a menace Uptown for as long as some people can remember.
According to twitter account @HEX_Manifesto Eddie started threatening people with a sign post, Saturday afternoon and then started randomly yelling at people walking by. (Which apparently CMPD can't cuff and stuff him for since North Carolina doesn't have a working version of Florida's Baker Act.) Apparently multiple people called 911 but the calls were given CMPD's lowest priority.
Once Eddie put down the sign, the man in the video tackled him to hold him until the police arrived.
(Probably not a good idea since the CMPD dispatch put the call at the bottom of the pile.)
Somehow Crazy Eddie managed to get free and grab a shovel from the nearby construction site. With shovel in hand Eddie chased the man across Tryon Street and down the sidewalk all the while swinging the shovel violently.
In the video you can see Eddie chasing the man and swinging the weaponized shovel with onlookers scrambling out of the way.
Once dispatch realized the seriousness of the incident they dispatched an officer who apparently had to travel up from Kings Drive.
The video is here:https://twitter.com/HEX_Manifesto/status/1236373995706101760/video/1
CMPD would later Tweet: "Our officers responded and I can confirm at this time that no one reported being injured. Our Central Division Supervisors have been made aware and are looking into this incident."
Cedar Update: CMPD responding officers dismissed the mayhem and let both the shovel swinging idiot (Lazonte Moore) and the intended victim go, saying that each had an opportunity to "walk away". But apparently word reached back to Central Division Command and a civil summons was issued to both parties.
But lets be real, the shovel swinging panhandler known to many as Crazy Eddie to has serious mental issues. Crazy Eddie whose real name is Lazonte Moore and has been arrested several times in the last three years and just recently as January for AWDW.
|Lazonte Moore Photo Courtesy MCSO
The most basic of City services, is to keep our citizens safe and free from crime and yet, Charlotte leaders are providing nothing but epic failure!
The number of Uptown Charlotte's Uptown mentally unstable street critters has exploded. Still the number of CMPD Officers Uptown at midday during non-events is near zero.
Last weekend's teenage thugs kicking cars and terrorizing pedestrians along Tryon and Firth Streets. No Police Officers around!
ATVs and Dirt Bikes racing up and down 10th and Poplar Streets - No Arrests!
The shooting death of a businessman at 4:00 PM on a weekday in front of the Epicenter. No Officers until after the shooting.
It’s not hard to understand there’s zero LE Uptown unless there’s an event - the department is short 300 officers from their own budget numbers. This is due to turnover and inability to recruit new officers.
Thanks to the upcoming RNC 2020 CMPD has more than 83 officers on vacation every week. Charlotte has 1200 fewer Officers than Boston which has 200k less population.
It is rare that you walk anywhere in Boston, Washington DC or Philly and don't see a uniformed officer on every street corner. Which given the number would be impossiable in Charlotte.
And that translates into ZERO LE Uptown on a Saturday at midday which is unacceptable.
The bottom line CMPD and the City of Charlotte needs to step up their game. We as taxpayers need to be willing to pay more to pay officers more. The courts need to stop making double work for officers. CMPD Command needs to get their boots off the necks of the men and women on the streets.
Give signing bonuses to qualified officers who will sign on and give the same to officers who make certain mile stones. Five years should earn a $5,000 bonus $10,000 at ten and at 15 years $15,000.00 and so on not a lousy $100 savings bond and retirement party and Fix the damn pledge fund. Get rid of the Chevy Caprice sucker cars. This department doesn't need a fancy marketing campaign or slick videos. Just pay up damn it!