Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Charlotte is facing a shortage of cops. That was the simple message CMPD Chief Kerr Putney brought to the city council Monday night.

Last year there were 42 murders in Charlotte, a 30 year low. This year, Chief Putney says violent crime across the city has jumped by 17.5 percent. He told the council he was particularly concerned "about the 47 percent increase" in homicides. The dramatic increase doesn't stop there. "We also want to talk about home invasion robberies which have increased by almost 50 percent."

Immediately following the fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell by then-CMPD officer Randall Kerrick in September of 2013, there were differing opinions among law enforcement about whether or not Kerrick should have been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

That’s according to a review of newly released court documents and interviews by the Charlotte Observer.

Fred Clasen-Kelly is the reporter who wrote the story. He spoke to WFAE’s Marshall Terry for Thursday's Morning Edition.

Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Charlotte police believe several deadly shootings over the weekend are connected. Seven people were injured and five were killed, including a 7-year-old boy. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Tuesday stopped short of saying gangs are responsible. Instead, he said investigators believe “gang-like” groups retaliated against each other.

5 Dead From Weekend Shootings

Sep 6, 2015
Fieldvale place shooting scene
Todd Sumlin / The Charlotte Observer

It has been a deadly Labor Day weekend so far in Charlotte, with five people killed in four separate shootings amid a wave of gun violence as of Sunday morning. A 7-year-old boy was shot to death and three other people were injured at a home in southwest Charlotte Saturday night.

AG Cooper Won't Retry Kerrick

Aug 28, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

“Our prosecutors believe unanimously that a retrial will not yield a different result.”

Those were the words of Attorney General Roy Cooper in explaining his decision not to retry CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrrell two years ago.

Protester arrested 8/22 outside Bank of America stadium
Jeff Siner / The Charlotte Observer

A 23-year-old Charlotte man who owned a music-sharing website has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. Rocky Ouprasith admitted to illegally trading more than $2.5 million worth of material on his RockDizMusic-dot-com.

Kerrick's Attorneys Praise Jury, Call Out Monroe and Media In Statement

Aug 22, 2015
Charlotte Observer

The attorneys for CMPD officer Randall Kerrick issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:

We, defense counsel for Officer Randall Wesley Kerrick would first like to thank the jury for its thoughtful deliberations in this case.  Officer Kerrick and his family have always respected the criminal justice system that they have worked for their entire lives.  All of the jurors, regardless of how they voted, were cautious, considerate and deliberate.  It is citizens such as these that make our justice system work.  We thank you. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Some did take to the streets of uptown last night to protest the mistrial. We sent WFAE’s Tom Bullock to report on what happened.

Warning: The audio in this report contains an offensive word.

These protesters were younger and more aggressive than the marchers who snarled traffic earlier in the day.  And it was easy to tell they felt they were in charge as they walked down the middle of streets weaving in between cars yelling things like "No justice – no peace. No justice – no peace."

And this:

"F--- the police."

Charlotte Observer

It was a day of uncertainty Friday. Would the Randall Kerrick jury reach a verdict?

No. The jury deadlocked at 8-4. A mistrial was declared.

Then, more uncertainty. How would people react?

Sarah Delia

After a mistrial was declared in the case against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick, several Charlotte area churches were open Friday night. Not for sermons, but as a place for people to process the day’s news. WFAE’s Sarah Delia went to one those churches and has this report.