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Local News
9:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charlotte Protesters: 'We Look At Ferguson And We See Our Backyard'

Protesters in Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Ferguson, Missouri is more than 700 miles away from Charlotte. But that doesn’t mean the events there aren’t resonating here.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Charlotte last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed black teen Michael Brown.

It was just after 6:00 p.m. when the crowd gathered in front of the fountain at Marshall Park, their arms raised as they yelled out "hands up...don't shoot!", a refrain now heard across the country.

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Local News
10:08 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Charlotte Home Teaches Former Sex Trafficking Victims To Market Their Minds

The Market Your Mind home in East Charlotte opened in November 2013 to provide housing for teens and young women trying to leave the sex industry.
Tasnim Shamma

Human trafficking has been a hot topic in Charlotte recently, but it's certainly not a new phenomenon. Just ask U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins:

"We've had human trafficking in the city of Charlotte for decades. What we haven't done is recognized it. What we haven't done is mobilized to do something about it."

There are now a handful of local groups doing something about it. One group, Market Your Mind Not Your Body, is trying to fight human trafficking with a group home in east Charlotte. The group focuses on helping sex workers leave their pimps.


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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Headline Roundup: I-485 Delays, CMPD Surveillance, Chiquita And More

I-485 To Open Spring 2015

It’ll be next spring before the last stretch of Interstate 485 opens. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced today the project wouldn’t be finished in December, as it had previously estimated. Engineers say the coming colder weather will slow down paving on the 5.7 mile stretch of Charlotte’s outer loop. 

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Local News
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Monroe Discusses Community Relations At Town Hall

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Police departments and their relationships with their communities are under scrutiny in the aftermath of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a forum on Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlined a few of his plans to build relationships with communities.


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Charlotte Observer
8:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Council Members Vow To Get Answers About CMPD Cell Phone Tracking

The StingRay tracking device is one of several ways the police can track your phone - without a warrant in some states - by using phony tower signals.
Credit Harris Corp.

Three Charlotte City Council members said Monday they want to know how CMPD uses a secret surveillance technology that gathers data from cellphones and other wireless devices belonging to crime suspects and innocent residents alike.

Two officials – council members Claire Fallon and John Autry – said they question whether it is legal for officers to collect information from citizens who are not suspected of committing crimes.

“You can’t make a move without someone watching you,” Fallon said. “It’s not American.”

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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

City Stops Paying Court Costs For CMPD Officer

Officer Randall Kerrick

If you're a city employee sued by anyone while you're on the job, the city will help pay for your legal costs. That's how it usually works.

But last month, city manager Ron Carlee decided to stop paying attorney fees for Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.That's because CMPD charged him with a crime: voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell.


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Police
7:49 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte NAACP Holds Vigil For Jonathan Ferrell One Year After His Death

Reverend Rodney Sadler of Union Presbyterian Seminary prayed for an end to racism during the vigil on Tuesday night across CMPD headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

More than two dozen people attended a prayer vigil for Jonathan Ferrell across the street from police headquarters in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Ferrell was shot ten times by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer last year.


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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

CMPD Officer Charged With Assault

CMPD Officer Jason Van Aken.
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer is on unpaid leave after being charged with assaulting a man who was in police custody.


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Local News
1:37 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New Roundup: CMPD Arrests Moral Monday Protestor And More

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say officers did nothing wrong when they arrested a man for putting flyers on cars during a Moral Monday protest on Labor Day. Tyjuan Turner was released before he was booked; CMPD gave him a citation instead. Turner says officers approached him as he was distributing the flyers and told him he was breaking a city ordinance. He also complains that he asked to see the ordinance and that officers should have taken him straight to jail instead of moving him to an empty parking lot. CMPD says police are not required to show laws or ordinances when making an arrest and that it’s routine to remove an arrestee from the scene of a possible crime to ease tension.

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Crime
5:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Be Careful On Craigslist Transactions, CMPD Warns

Credit Tasnim Shamma

If you're going to buy and sell on Craigslist, be sure to use common sense. That was the message Tuesday from Charlotte police in the wake of three people getting robbed trying to buy phones off Craigslist.

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