It falls now to CMPD’s Internal Affairs unit to complete the railroading of Randall Kerrick. And they will.
The IA guys are the cops who investigate their fellow cops, and get the heavy-hand from writers of TV crime shows. They’ll get Kerrick not because they’re bad guys, but because CMPD brass already arranged the getting of Kerrick.
During the trial, prosecutors put Captain Mike Campagna on the stand as CMPD’s training expert.
“Was shooting Jonathan (Ferrell) consistent with CMPD policy and training?” the prosecutor asked.
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“No, it was not,” Campagna stated.
Send the transcript to Internal Affairs. Investigation, complete.
Shouldn’t take much more than that. It only took 19 hours to charge Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter.
Back in 2009, an email from the captain in charge of CMPD’s police academy surfaced. He was asking his staff to make a crib sheet with answers to questions Rodney Monroe, as new chief, would face on his North Carolina officer’s exam. It made Monroe look bad. He quickly distanced himself from the swirl, calling the request “highly inappropriate,” and bouncing the captain from his plum academy spot to weekend watch commander.
Six years later that bounced captain, Mike Campagna, laid out the CMPD line against Kerrick at trial.
Chief Putney last Thursday launched what the Observer called a “sweep of media interviews,” talking with every Charlotte newspaper, TV, and radio station that wanted him. Almost.
In interview after interview, Putney told the same story: “CMPD needs to heal as an organization just as Charlotte needs to heal as a city... The department is a family and like any family there are disagreements... I’m not asking officers to trust me, I’m asking to let me earn their trust... Yes, there was probable cause to charge Kerrick.”
Healing, family, earning trust, probable cause; the same points, over and over again. Putney either deeply believes all this or the City sure got its $15,000 worth from the Ohio media guru they hired to manage the post-trial spin.
The chief was barely gloved in the sparring. An exception was when he was asked about the infamous dash cam video – which former Chief Monroe and others made out to be such damning evidence against Kerrick it shouldn’t be released before the trial – by WFAE’s Mike Collins.
Did the video, which Putney saw before Kerrick was charged, “present clear and convincing evidence” the officer had used excessive force?
“In my opinion, no.”
A stunning admission from the man who as Deputy Chief was head of the unit that handled the criminal investigation. It alone should be enough to warrant an independent probe of Rodney Monroe’s railroading of Randall Kerrick.
That investigation would take more than 19 hours.
Larson is the mid-morning host at WBT (1110 AM).