Charlotte, Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) Chief Rodney Monroe met 03/23/11 in Washington with other law enforcement officials to discuss a plan to combat the increasing trend of injuries and deaths of law enforcement officers around the country. Attorney General Eric Holder initiated the meeting at the Justice Department as a result of an increase in Police deaths from 117 in 2009 to 162 in 2010. Forty-Nine officers have died already in 2011; a twenty percent increase from this point in 2010. Mr. Holder has instructed U.S. Attorney Offices to increase support of local Police, including here in Charlotte.
CMPD Chief Monroe is contemplating a plan to combat the recent trend that includes the use of bulletproof vests while on patrol. No further details appear available at this time regarding Chief Monroe's additional plans.
Another question raised by this disturbing trend is: What will be the true effect of the N.C. legislatures' proposed amendments to the workers' compensation law on Police injured in the line of duty? Many believe these individuals provide a service to our society in one of the most noble of professions. Without question, Police injured on the job often face significant disability. However, Police are facing the same limitation of their legal rights as every other North Carolina citizen under the proposed N.C. law.
If you believe this proposed law is unwarranted, you should immediately and voice your concerns. You should further join the hundreds of other North Carolinians who have joined in one voice against this proposed law by signing this online petition.