Man on the Edge: When Suspects Cut and Run
Two guys in the "custody" of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police recently decided that they didn't like wearing their electronic ankle monitors, so they just cut them off, and peaced out. One suspect, Brandon Warren, is still at large, but the second, Jason Travis, is back in custody after police spent "extra resources" to track him down. Of course, those guys aren't the only ones to ever do that. We estimate about two cut and runs per month in Charlotte.
Today's examples point out the inherent flaws of the monitor program: letting a suspect out of custody is supposed to make things easier by decreasing resource consumption and easing overcrowding in jail. But when they cut and run, police have to spend time doing something other than what they could be doing.
To be fair, most of the people wearing ankle monitors do not cut them off. It's just that you hear about it every time they do. Which, again, seems to be about twice a month around Charlotte. So is that okay with you?
Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, hit the streets to find out how you feel about CMPD's monitoring program...
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