CMPD

Local News
1:10 am
Tue September 17, 2013

CMPD Officer Fired 12 Times In Killing Of Unarmed Man

Georgia Ferrell clutches a stuffed animal belonging to her son Jonathan, 24, who was shot and killed by a CMPD officer on Saturday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer charged with involuntary voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man over the weekend is due in court this afternoon. CMPD says Officer Randall Kerrick used excessive force in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, firing his gun 12 times and striking Ferrell with ten of those bullets. An attorney for the Ferrell family calls the criminal charge "bold" and "unprecedented," but questions whether CMPD vets and trains its officers adequately.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Family Of Slain Man Applauds CMPD For Swiftly Charging Officer

Jonathan Ferrell's brother Willie, the family's attorney Christopher Chestnut and Ferrell's mother Georgia held a press conference in Charlotte on Monday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

More details – and consequences – are beginning to emerge from a tragic incident in northeast Mecklenburg County over the weekend. 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick, who has now been charged with voluntary manslaughter. All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey spoke with WFAE's Julie Rose about new developments in the story.

Julie, you were at a press conference with Mr. Ferrell's family this morning. What were you able to learn from them about the incident?

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Local News
12:48 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

CMPD Officer Charged With Manslaughter, Due In Court Tuesday

Officer Randall Kerrick
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter is due in court Tuesday.

Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed an unarmed man over the weekend. His name was Jonathan Ferrell, and he was 24 years old. He wrecked his car in northeast Charlotte early Saturday morning, and then banged on the door of a home nearby around 2 a.m. The woman living there called the police.

When officers arrived, he ran toward them. Officer Kerrick fired several rounds, killing him.

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Developing
4:49 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

CMPD Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed 24-Year-Old

UPDATE: The  attorney for Jonathan Ferrell's family is holding a press conference in uptown Monday morning at 11:00, and the Charlotte NAACP is holding a rally at 1:00 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. WFAE will update this story throughout the day.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged one of their own officers with voluntary manslaughter over the weekend. Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed an unarmed man. .

Early Saturday morning, a 24-year-old man wrecked his car in northeast Charlotte and went looking for help.

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Local News
10:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

String Of Shooting Deaths An Anomaly, CMPD Says

CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney speaking on six shooting deaths over six days. Police say five of them were homicides.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

In the last six days, there have been six fatal shootings in Charlotte. Five of them were homicides. Early Tuesday morning, 22-year-old Dominick Alexander was shot to death outside of a nightclub on Atando Avenue in north Charlotte. At a press conference Tuesday, CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said three of the homicides are suspected of being drug-related and none of them are connected to each other.

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Public Safety
6:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Gang Injunction Draws Suspicion In Hidden Valley

Members of the media follow alleged members of the Hidden Valley Kings and their family members as they leave the courthouse after the injunction.
Tasnim Shamma

Last week, a judge issued an injunction against a North Charlotte gang called The Hidden Valley Kings.  

The order means that about 20 suspected gang members are not allowed to associate with each other in public, possess a gun or be near anyone carrying drugs or firearms.

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Public Safety
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Court Rules Hidden Valley Kings Gang Members Can't Mingle

Wendell McCain's father holds up court papers and says his son, a defendant in the case (in red), is not part of the Hidden Valley Kings and was never part of the gang. To the right of McCain is Cordell Blair, another named defendant in the case.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mecklenburg County is the first in North Carolina to invoke a new law that allows police departments to prevent gang members from associating with each other in public or being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns.

A judge Thursday morning granted CMPD's request for a civil injunction against a north Charlotte gang called the Hidden Valley Kings.


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Crime
4:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

CMPD Offers More User-Friendly Crime Monitoring

A map shows the number of crimes in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area over the past week.
Credit CrimeMapping.com

Earlier this week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched a new crime-mapping system. It's much easier to use, updated more frequently and you can even pull it up on your smartphone.  


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Charlotte Observer
10:34 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police To Seek Injunction To Suppress Gang

Members of the Hidden Valley community look at photos Aug. 13, 2013, at the Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church of possible gang members in connection with gang activity. Chief Rodney Monroe informed the residents of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police plans.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for an injunction to place restrictions on suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for battling one of the city’s oldest gangs. It’s the first time a North Carolina law enforcement agency has taken civil action against a gang, police said Tuesday.

Other cities have used injunctions for decades because it gives police more leeway to limit gangs and approach their members. But civil libertarians say the tactic can amount to racial profiling and ends up targeting people who aren’t gang members.

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Local News
8:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

CMPD's DNC Spending Details Revealed

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe waves from one of the city's new ATVs during the DNC.
Julie Rose

The DNC seems a distant memory, but we're just now getting details of how Charlotte police spent a $50 million grant federal grant for convention security. And, the Department of Justice has released an analysis of CMPD's work during the DNC, which it recommends future convention cities study closely.


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