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Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Randall Kerrick, the former CMPD police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black man nearly two years ago. In May, the city settled a lawsuit, filed by the victim’s family, for $2.25 million.


Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

We learned something about new CMPD chief Kerr Putney on Thursday. In an appearance on Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins asked Putney what attracted him to becoming a police officer.

"Well Mike, nothing. That’s the truth of it. I did not want to be a cop," Putney said.

In fact, Putney says he didn't care for police officers growing up in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

Obviously, that changed. After 23 years on the job, Putney took over as police chief July 1st.


Lisa Worf / WFAE

The trial of Randall Kerrick, the former CMPD Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man, begins next week. Police and local community groups have been trying to build relationships hoping to head off any violence. They held one such event Sunday.    

New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Sworn In

Jun 29, 2015
Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has a new police chief. Long-time CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the oath of office before the city council Monday.


Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Kerr Putney, a 23-year veteran of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department will replace Police Chief Rodney Monroe when Monroe retires later this month. Putney is the first internal hire for the position in more than 20 years. His promotion was announced at a press conference at City Hall on Monday.

The deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in cities around the country has once again created a national question about how police interact with the minority communities they serve.  In Charlotte, which experienced its own high-profile police killing two years ago, city officials unveiled their answer last night, in the form of a new “civil liberties policy.” It won cautious approval from both police and community groups.


Duncan McFadyen

Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe met with reporters Tuesday to talk about his decision to step down July 1.

Chief Monroe said he’s been thinking about retiring for several months, but he made the final decision over the weekend. He says being police chief is a tough job that takes a lot of energy.

Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will retire on July 1 after seven years on the job. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports Monroe became  known for his hands-on approach.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four people in relation to a shooting on Johnson C. Smith University's campus over the weekend. The student who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Johnson C. Smith University student was shot in the shoulder area around 2:15 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car on campus. The university's president says the student was not targeted.

CMPD reports another vehicle fled the scene and then crashed. Police say they found three guns and marijuana in the vehicle, and then charged four people with crimes:

Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Apr 19, 2015
Adam Kent Smith
CMPD

What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

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