Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bizarre Story Shift from Police on Officers' Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 9:11 AM

I'm wondering if anyone finds story line from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police surrounding the shootings of the two police officers as bizarre as I do.

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Thanks to a Thursday Charlotte Observer article, we now know that accused killer Demetrius Antonio Montgomery was taken into custody less than 45 minutes after the two officers were shot and killed at the Timber Ridge Apartments Saturday night (March 31) around 11:15 p.m.

The problem with that is that at 11 a.m. Sunday (April 1), when I went on the air to do my radio show on WBT radio, the police were still telling the media and the public that they were looking for two black males and were asking for the public's help in finding them.

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Now we learn that Montgomery was in custody all along, though he wasn't officially charged with the crime until Sunday evening. Huh? I understand that the police can't release all the details of criminal investigations as they unfold, and I'm not asking them to.

But to me, giving the media false information -- that they were still looking for two black males -- when they clearly already had the only suspect in custody that they intended to charge is spreading false information to the public via the media.

This terrible tragedy tears me apart, too, and I feel for the department. But it's stuff like this that is making me question everything we've been told about the shooting so far. Where do the lies of omission, and commission, end in this case?

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