CMPD chief: Demote major over incident

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe has recommended that a major assigned to internal affairs be demoted and suspended for 30 days over what is reportedly a use of excessive force on Food Lion Speed Street in May, the Observer has learned.

Maj. Chuck Johnson was placed on administrative duty after the incident.

Police and the city clerk's office have declined to release information about what happened, citing personnel laws.

Food Lion Speed Street, a NASCAR-based celebration surrounding the Coca-Cola 600 race, brings thousands uptown every May. And the Police Department places extra officers in the center city.

Whenever the chief recommends a demotion, a person is automatically granted a civil service board hearing. Johnson has the option of making his hearing open to the public.

A CMPD attorney has requested a continuance in that hearing because of the large amount of information the department needs to acquire, said City Clerk Brenda Freeze, so it won't take place before September. WCNC contributed.