Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he shot a teenage boy Saturday night. Police say the teen had a gun.

Adam Bell / Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer responding to a domestic argument fatally shot a 20-year-old woman Wednesday night after she lunged at officers with a kitchen knife, authorities said Thursday.

CMPD identified the officer as Anthony Holzhauer, 27. This is the second time Holzhauer has fatally shot someone, and the third shooting he was involved in since 2012.

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Next month the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will begin equipping every officer with a body camera. The deployment will be completed sometime this fall. Chief Rodney Monroe hopes the cameras will help build public trust in the city’s police force.

Building that trust, however, may depend on how and when the cameras are used. And who has access to the videos they record.

Yesterday, we reported on how body cameras are used on patrol by Greensboro police who have had the camera’s since 2013. In part two of our series, we focus on the issues of privacy, accountability and fears body cameras are just another form of police surveillance.  

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Monday night the Charlotte City Council will vote on whether to equip every member of the city’s police force with a body camera.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Charlotte’s overall crime rate last year remained largely unchanged from 2013. But there were some categories of crimes that saw big increases and drops in their numbers. 

Property crimes were up about 0.6 percent from 2013 and violent crimes were down by the same amount. But some types of crimes increased.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Preventing police misconduct, protecting the rights of citizens, and body cameras were a major focus of the Charlotte City Council last night. The body is trying to work its way through a proposal to better enshrine civil liberties. WFAE’s Tom Bullock reports.

The Carolina Panthers are headed to the NFC Divisional playoff next weekend thanks to a record-setting defensive performance Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  The Panthers held Arizona to just 78 yards of offense – an NFL playoff record – in the 27 to 16 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

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.

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.

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.