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Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office

A CMPD officer will not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a man whom authorities say pointed a rifle at police. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray concluded officer Brian Walsh was justified in shooting 25-year old Iaroslav Mosiiuk on March 8th.

"It is clear from the accounts of people close to Mosiiuk and from the behavior that led to his death that the decedent was suffering from a severe mental breakdown at the time of his death," Murray writes in a report to CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.

Exiting the police station on Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte.
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CMPD is increasingly dedicating money and resources toward crime prevention efforts - that is, ways to stem violence before it happens, instead of merely reacting when it does. We take a look at one of the department's newest programs, called "Reach Out," which offers life skills and job training to young adults charged with first time felonies.

Only 1 Arrest At Uptown Fourth Of July Celebration

Jul 5, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

About 20,000 people attended last night’s Fourth of July celebration in Uptown Charlotte last night. CMPD only made one arrest. That even surprised Major Gerald Smith.

“I’m shocked, but I am very pleased. I am very pleased to stand up here and say that there was just one arrest. With that many people in the Uptown area at one time, that is amazing,” he said.

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While the Charlotte Citizens' Review Board made a powerful statement by deciding to probe deeper into the Keith Scott shooting, the board’s power is pretty much limited to making recommendations.

Council member Julie Eiselt has been working to make some changes to the board as chair of Council’s Community Safety Committee. She took a break from vacation in Rome to speak to WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last September might now face consequences. CMPD initially cleared officer Brentley Vinson of any wrongdoing, but now the city’s Citizens’ Review Board says CMPD may have erred. An attorney for the Scott family, Charles Monnett,  says Scott’s widow is pleased with the announcement, and that together they look forward to presenting their full case at a follow up hearing in August.

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law's use of taxpayer funds.

CMPD officer Vinson (bottom left) speaks to police officers in September 2016 about the shooting of Keith Scott. CMPD decided no discipline was warranted in the shooting, which spawned protests uptown and in the University City area.
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By a vote of 8-2, Charlotte’s CitizenS Review Board decided that evidence exists that CMPD officials were wrong when they said last year’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was justified.

Police in Charlotte are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday night on the city's northwest side.  It's the 47th homicide in Charlotte so far this year, compared to 23 killings as this time last year. 

CMPD says officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the Tropical Bar, Restaurant and Game Room at 4709 Tuckaseegee Road.  Inside the business, police found an adult male who'd been shot. 

Yency Contreras
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he's struggling to recruit Latinos and other Spanish-speaking officers, as the city's Hispanic community grows. It’s now about 13 percent of the population, but only about 6 percent of CMPD’s 1,900 officers are Latino.

Chief Putney Addresses Increase In Homicides

Jun 21, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

The number of homicides in Charlotte stands at 46 after three more occurred Tuesday night. This is more than double the number of homicides at this time last year. CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says at least 34 of the victims knew their killers. As a result CMPD is launching conflict resolution mediation forums.

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