NC Prosecutors Dismiss Cases Because Of Misconduct

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina prosecutors say misconduct by one police officer has led to the dismissal of 70 cases.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that Officer Brian Cloninger resigned after prosecutors accused him of trying to influence a lineup in a robbery investigation.

Cloninger would not comment on the case, but his attorney told the newspaper that he resigned to keep from dragging the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and himself "through the mud."

Prosecutors say they dismissed 70 cases Cloninger had handled including drunken driving, assault and drug charges.

The investigation of the officer's behavior began when a robbery victim reported that Cloninger tried to coach her on whom to identify in a suspect lineup.


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  • by horrible on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    how stupid! how many criminals are going free because of this idiot! look out, citizens, 70 criminals back on the streets!
  • by Next stop Location: Washington, Nc on Mar 1, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    After you leave Jacksonville, NC, next stop to Washington, NC!
  • by Ann Location: Onslow County on Feb 28, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    If you want to see some real police corruption, come on down to Jacksonville, NC.
  • by LEO Location: Eastern NC on Feb 28, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    It probably goes a little further because the Officer showing the lineup to a victim should not know who the suspect in the lineup is.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    They were dismissed not because of corruption but to show that jutice is blind. The dismissals were done so that there would be no reason to second guess any future case. To some the glass is half full to some half empty for Mike I would say the entire glass is empty.
  • by LEO Location: ENC on Feb 28, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    Mike you sound disgruntled might there be a reason you don't like law enforcement? HMMMMM but as every citizen is not guilty nor innocent every law enforcement officer is not corrupt. You can't put everyone in a specific class because they perform a specific job. We put our life on the line and regrettably some do take advantage of the job but as usual they will be caught and delt with and good riddance.
  • by MIKE Location: NORTH CAROLINA on Feb 28, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Another fine example of how corupt the judical system in this state is
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