CMPD

David Boraks / WFAE

  The recent fatal police shootings of African-American men and the killing of five Dallas police officers have revived discussions aimed at easing tensions between CMPD officers and those Charlotte residents who are wary of them.  At a forum hosted by the NAACP in uptown last night, several hundred people questioned and criticized CMPD. There was also some praise.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man Thursday night, following a shooting on a CATS bus. 

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte residents had their first chance to comment Monday night on the city’s proposed budget, which includes a property tax hike. But most of the speakers focused on something that’s not in the budget.

Charlotte's city manager is recommending about a 1 percent property tax increase to fund more police and firefighters. Ron Carlee presented his budget to city council Monday night.

Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Dozens of police vehicles converged on Northlake Mall in Charlotte on Christmas Eve, although Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police emphasized it was not in response to an active shooter situation or a random act of violence.

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.


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.

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