CMPD

Courts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick

Jonathan Ferrell was shot ten times on September 14, 2013 by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Police were responding to a report of an early morning break-in, but apparently Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car.
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A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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Local News
3:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

CMPD Sees Drop In Crime In First Quarter of 2014

Compared to last year, there have been four fewer deaths from impaired driving between January and March. CMPD officer Michelle Mattos is one of six officers on the task force. Her job is to patrol different parts of the city from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. looking out for impaired drivers.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

CMPD saw crime drop in almost all of the major categories for the first quarter of this year including violent crime and robberies compared to the same period last year.

At a press conference in East Charlotte, CMPD also credited a new team of officers for a decrease in deaths related to drunk driving.


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Crime
12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Council Approves Purchase Of Body Cameras For CMPD Officers

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Charlotte.
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 Charlotte police officers will be adding another piece of equipment to their uniforms: body cameras.

Charlotte city council members voted to allow CMPD to purchase new body cameras for some of its officers.


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Breaking
2:12 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges

Mayor Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at Romare Bearden Park the day after he was elected.
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UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned after the FBI arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The federal criminal complaint says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption. The FBI began an undercover investigation posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte. 

Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss the latest developments and the charges Patrick Cannon is facing.

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Sunday headlines
11:05 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Services Mon. for Forest Service officer

Services are planned this week for Jason Crisp, the U.S. Forest Service officer who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a manhunt for a North Carolina killer.  A visitation is planned this afternoon at a church in Marion. Crisp’s funeral is Monday at McDowell High School.  Crisp and his dog were ambushed as they hunted for Troy Whisnant, who earlier had shot and killed his own parents. Investigators say Whisnant later fired at three other officers, who responded with deadly fire.

GENERAL BACK IN COURT MONDAY

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Crime
3:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

CMPD Officer Arrested For Secretly Taking Photos Of Teen Girls

CMPD Officer Thomas E. Allen was last assigned to the Recruiting Division of the Police Training Academy. He was arrested on Wednesday with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments GS. 14-202 (E) and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute GS.14-202(G).
Credit Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office

  A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly taking inappropriate photos of four teenage girls who were in CMPD's High School Academy. After a five month investigation, CMPD charged Officer Thomas Allen with four counts of secretly using a camera to view another's body or undergarments and four counts of possessing photos in violation of the state's peeping statute. 

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says the department is working aggressively. Eleven detectives were assigned to this investigation, which began in October of 2013.

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Crime
11:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Grand Jury Indictment Clears Way For Trial Against CMPD Officer Kerrick

The Rev. Dwayne Collins speaks at the prayer vigil outside the Government Center on Monday morning.
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Last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick who shot an unarmed black man 10 times. On Monday, a different grand jury indicted Kerrick on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the September incident.

The indictment came after a judge earlier in the day denied the request of Kerrick's attorneys who tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to the new grand jury.


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Local News
12:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kerrick Indicted On Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Randall Kerrick
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A Mecklenburg County grand jury Monday afternoon issued an indictment of voluntary manslaughter against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick for shooting an unarmed black man 10 times.

Earlier in the day, Kerrick's attorneys tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to a new grand jury after a separate grand jury refused to indict Kerrick on a voluntary manslaughter charge last week.  A judge denied the motion.


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Crime
8:58 am
Fri January 24, 2014

150 Protest Grand Jury's Decision Not To Indict In Shooting of Jonathan Ferrell

John Barnett, founder of True Healing Under God, asked people to count up to twelve for the number of bullets suspended CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick shot at Jonathan Ferrell.
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More than 150 people rallied at a church in northeast Charlotte Thursday night to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a Charlotte police officer for the death of an unarmed man he shot 10 times.


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Crime
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Charlotte Sees Overall Drop In Crime In 2013

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says he believes the 2013 end of year crime statistics represented good news for the city.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe delivered the end of year crime statistics on Wednesday. Overall, the number of crimes dropped by 5.5 percent in 2013.

The number of burglaries and stolen vehicles reported decreased, but homicides and rapes increased.


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