Local News
9:34 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

CMPD Charges Four People In Johnson C. Smith University Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four people in relation to a shooting on Johnson C. Smith University's campus over the weekend. The student who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Johnson C. Smith University student was shot in the shoulder area around 2:15 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car on campus. The university's president says the student was not targeted.

CMPD reports another vehicle fled the scene and then crashed. Police say they found three guns and marijuana in the vehicle, and then charged four people with crimes:

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Sunday Headlines
9:46 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Adam Kent Smith
Credit CMPD

What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

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Local News
5:23 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

CMPD Swears In 27 New Officers

Members of CMPD's 169th Recruit Class surrounded by collegues, family and friends at commencement ceremony.

Twenty-seven members of CMPD’s 169th Recruit Class were sworn in on Friday as brand new police officers.  During a ceremony at the Police Training Academy, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe told the new officers they’re entering law enforcement at one of the most pivotal points in history for police and community relations.  “Always look to be professional, always look to be honorable,” Monroe said.  

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Chief Monroe and some new CMPD officers about the challenges police and communities face due to the turmoil surrounding recent police shootings. 

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

CMPD Community Relations And Profiling

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

From Ferguson to New York, San Bernadino to North Charleston come stories of questionable reactions on the part of police, apparent racial profiling and bad relations between communities and police forces. What about Charlotte? Police Chief Rodney Monroe is conducting a series of community forums. We’ll find out what impact they’re having, what the community is saying to the police and talk about the root cause of police overreaction.

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Local News
9:06 am
Mon April 13, 2015

CMPD Talks Citizen Rights And Use Of Force At Forums

Police Chief Rodney Monroe shows the audience a simulator officers train on to learn how to use force.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Incidents in Ferguson, North Charleston, and several other cities across the country have put the spotlight on police treatment of African American men. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying a new tactic to help build trust in the community. It involves a lot of conversation and came at the suggestion of a barber.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

D.A. Clears CMPD Officer In Fatal Shooting

The shooting happened in the townhouse on the left in Dillehay Courts in north Charlotte.
Credit Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

A CMPD officer who shot and killed a woman in February will not face criminal charges.  

Two police officers were called to a north Charlotte apartment on the night of February 18th, to investigate a domestic dispute involving 20-year old Janisha Fonville. Before police entered the apartment her girlfriend Korneisha Banks told the officers Fonville was mentally ill, had a knife, and might hurt herself.  

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Sunday Headlines
9:26 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Sun. Headlines: Duke Docks CEO's Pay

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River in toxic sludge.   An annual statement released ahead of the Charlotte company's May shareholder meeting says Chief Executive Lynn Good's $8.3 million compensation in 20-14 was cut by about $600,000. Duke’s chief financial officer and three other executives saw similar 35 percent reductions in compensation tied to annual performance.

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Local News
12:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

CMPD Officer Shoots Teen Reportedly Carrying A Gun

Credit Courtesy of the 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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Charlotte Observer
11:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

CMPD: Officer Fatally Shot Woman Who Lunged At Police With A Knife

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe speaks at a news conference Thursday morning about an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.
Credit Adam Bell / Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer responding to a domestic argument fatally shot a 20-year-old woman Wednesday night after she lunged at officers with a kitchen knife, authorities said Thursday.

CMPD identified the officer as Anthony Holzhauer, 27. This is the second time Holzhauer has fatally shot someone, and the third shooting he was involved in since 2012.

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Police Body Cameras: Part 2 - A Question Of Access

A police body camera unit waiting to be picked up for a shift.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

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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