• 9 Monroe police officers suspended after cases dismissed

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    MONROE, N.C. - Nine Monroe police officers will be suspended without pay for criminal cases that were dismissed because of incomplete investigations.

    There could potentially be more disciplinary action against more senior members within the department.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, the city manager released the names of nine employees at Monroe police that will be suspended without pay for five days as a result of the criminal case dismissals.

    Of the nine officers disciplined, five are detectives, and all have worked at Monroe Police Department for several years.

    The Union County District Attorney announced last month he had to dismiss 39 pending cases because those officers didn't complete investigations or file necessary paperwork and evidence.

    The cases dismissed included suspected drug dealers, fraud and even a man who allegedly shot into a car with a toddler inside.

    These suspensions will take place within the next two weeks.

    Meanwhile, the city continues to make policy changes to ensure this never happens again.

    Channel 9 was told within the next several days the District Attorney's Office will appoint an officer liaison to specifically deal with the filing issues.

    The city is looking at buying a digital records system so it's easier for officers to submit paperwork.

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