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 Charlotte leaders gathered Friday afternoon to mourn over police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and Thursday night's killings of police in Dallas. There was anger and sadness, and a call to use the incidents to build community. 

The fatal shootings of two African-American men by police this week and Thursday night’s fatal shooting of five police in Dallas have touched local residents. Peaceful marches were held in downtown Charlotte on Thursday and on Friday area residents expressed their thoughts on Charlotte Talks.

Sun. Headlines: Duke-Wisconsin in Final

Apr 5, 2015

It will be Duke vs. Wisconsin in college basketball’s Division I championship game Monday night in Indianapolis. Duke beat Michigan State, 81 to 61, in last night's first semifinal. And Wisconsin made the final by handing Kentucky its first defeat of the season, 71 to 64. Both teams were ranked No. 1 in their regions.

Duke is looking for its fifth national championship and the blue devils will be playing at a venue where they've found past success. They won two of those national titles, in 1991 and 2010, in Indianapolis. Monday’s game tips off at 9:18pm

Courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Department

A bill introduced Monday in the North Carolina Senate would make it easier to bring criminal charges against one of Charlotte’s most notorious neighbors.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he shot a teenage boy Saturday night. Police say the teen had a gun.

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Next month the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping every officer with a body camera. The deployment will be completed sometime this fall. Chief Rodney Monroe hopes the cameras will help build public trust in the city’s police force.

Building that trust, however, may depend on how and when the cameras are used. And who has access to the videos they record.

Yesterday, we reported on how body cameras are used on patrol by Greensboro police who have had the camera’s since 2013. In part two of our series, we focus on the issues of privacy, accountability and fears body cameras are just another form of police surveillance.  

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Next month, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping all its officers with body cameras. They’re small, a little larger than a tube of mascara. And they’ll record both the audio and video of police interactions with the public.  

Body cameras are seen as a way to build trust with communities and a way to hold both civilians and officers accountable. But at their heart they are a tool and nothing more. How they’re used will determine how effective they will be at building that trust.

In this two part series we’re examining the use of police body cameras and questions about privacy, access and transparency. We begin our series not in Charlotte, but 90 miles away, in Greensboro, where police body cameras have been standard issue since 2013.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Monday night the Charlotte City Council will vote on whether to equip every member of the city’s police force with a body camera.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Charlotte’s overall crime rate last year remained largely unchanged from 2013. But there were some categories of crimes that saw big increases and drops in their numbers. 

Property crimes were up about 0.6 percent from 2013 and violent crimes were down by the same amount. But some types of crimes increased.

Monroe Discusses Community Relations At Town Hall

Oct 23, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Police departments and their relationships with their communities are under scrutiny in the aftermath of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a forum on Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlined a few of his plans to build relationships with communities.


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