CMPD

Tom Bullock

Every Wednesday the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department holds a regular briefing with the media at its uptown headquarters. But this Wednesday, the media was invited to the CMPD’s Police Training academy to witness and be a part of an exercise involving police use of force.

Chief Kerr Putney says it’s the first of many trainings the media will be invited to. Reporters were ushered into a room that looked similar to a high school wrestling room, blue mats hung on the wall and in bold lettering "Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Training Academy."

Sarah Delia

Attorneys representing the family of Rueben Galindo say they’ll conduct their own investigation into his shooting. Police video released last week shows the 29-year old Hispanic man had his arms raised above his head as CMPD officers shot and killed him September 6.  The lawyers spoke to reporters before last night’s city council meeting. 

Updated at 3:50 p.m. Thursday 10/12/2017

There were two fatal shootings in Charlotte on Sunday.  CMPD  says officers responding to a call of shots fired on John Penn Circle in east Charlotte around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, October 8 found 35-year-old Keith Nmoma with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

CMPD has released five body camera videos related to the Sept. 6 shooting of Rueben Galindo. The footage shows he had his arms raised when officer shot him.

Last week a Superior Court Judge ordered the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release footage of an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a man. Rueben Galindo called 911 the evening of September 6th, and alerted police he had a gun with no bullets. Footage from that night is expected to be made public Friday.

Frank Straub of the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., talked to Charlotte City Council Monday.
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A consultant with the Police Foundation told Charlotte City Council Monday night that CMPD properly followed its own policies last year as it responded to violence following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But he said CMPD and city officials weren't fully prepared for the protests.

The fatal shooting of Jonathan Cauthen brings the number of homicides in Charlotte this year to 67. That was the total in the city for 2016. Reporter Sarah Delia, who has been tracking homicides, spoke to All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey about what patterns have emerged and what police say is contributing to the growing number.

Anticom's banner photo on their Twitter account
via Twitter

A group that expresses white supremacist and neo-Nazi sentiments has called off a march planned for Charlotte in December.  

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Updated 8:55 a.m.
The number of homicides in Charlotte this year is now 67, the same number as in all of last year. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the latest killing happened early Thursday in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, off Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department used its weekly press conference Wednesday to address a “March against Communism” event in which white nationalist Richard Spencer is a scheduled speaker. Last week the group Anticom tweeted its intentions to have the march Dec. 28 in Marshall Park.

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