Citizens Review Board

The widow of a man who was shot and killed by an undercover CMPD officer in January is asking Charlotte's Citizens Review Board to look into the shooting. 28-year old Josue Javier Diaz was shot during an encounter with the officer on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte. 

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board has found "substantial evidence of error" in CMPD's decision not to discipline an officer who held a gun to a man's head and threatened to kill him.

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law's use of taxpayer funds.

Changes are coming to Charlotte's Citizens Review Board. That's the group which hears appeals of disciplinary decisions involving CMPD officers. The board has been criticized following high-profile police shootings over the past couple of years in which officers weren't punished, such as the killing of Keith Scott last September.

Victims' advocates want more diversity and better training for review board members, two changes the Charlotte City Council adopted Monday night.  

Charlotte City Council members Monday night will consider proposed changes for the Citizens Review Board. It was formed in 1997 to give the public a way of appealing disciplinary decisions involving the actions of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers.  

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The family of Keith Lamont Scott is appealing a CMPD evaluation that found Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in last September's fatal shooting and will not face internal discipline.

An attorney for the Scott family is asking the Citizens Review Board to review the decision, saying the fatal shooting was not justified and did not conform with CMPD's policies and procedures.

Julie Rose

In any city, civilian oversight of police departments serve to help law enforcement prevent crime and disorder while maintaining the respect and approval of the community. There are many different ways to organize a citizens review board and Charlotte's own board has come under scrutiny lately. We'll look at why citizen review boards exist, how they are put together, the function they serve and why our review board could undergo some major changes. A look at how we oversee the police department.

Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.


Julie Rose

Public comment compiled by a task force over the last three months concludes CMPD's Citizens Review Board needs more power to investigate complaints of officer misconduct. A Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Relations Committee will review the recommendations on Monday.


CMPD Citizens Review Board Now Under Review

Apr 2, 2013
Julie Rose

A board established to review citizen complaints against Charlotte police is now under review itself by the city council.