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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say they plan to bring murder charges against the girlfriend of a man already accused in the shooting deaths of his parents in east Charlotte Sunday. The pair also face kidnapping charges after fleeing to Washington, D.C., with the man's 11-year-old niece.

CMPD Capt. Cecil Brisbon talks about the spike in murders in Charlotte this year at Wednesday's weekly police briefing.
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Random shootings aren’t what’s driving the tripling of murders in Charlotte this year. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say it’s usually an argument between people who know each other that escalates into a fatal shooting. Twenty-two people have been murdered in the city since Jan. 1. 

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In any given month, CMPD tracks about 350 people with ankle monitors. They’re actually not that hard to remove. But the consequences of tampering with the electronic monitors are made clear: If you even try to remove any part of one, police are immediately alerted, and you will be arrested. And, this happens a lot – roughly 80 times a year.

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By design protest signs and the people who carry them are the most visible part of any rally, demonstration or march. They pull the eye and, yes, camera lenses to focus on what often is a simple message. But those messages have meaning not just to those who took the time to scroll them out by hand, they also reflect the beliefs of a community.

The ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ protest in Marshall Park in uptown was full of just such signs.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Homicides are up sharply in Mecklenburg County. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say there have been 11 so far this year, compared with three at this point last year. CMPD detailed what they're doing about violent crime in a press conference Wednesday.

CMPD Reflects On Crime In 2016 And Keith Scott Shooting

Jan 31, 2017
Michael Tomsic

CMPD reports a more than 10 percent increase in homicides and other violent crimes last year compared to the year before and to Mecklenburg County's five-year average.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Monday night about 100 people gathered in a room to talk. Some were members of the public, others uniformed members of the CMPD.

The event was put on by the city of Charlotte to address a vexing question: how to build public trust in police?

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A protest broke out at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday night in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The gathering began around 9 p.m. and reached its peak about an hour later, when roughly 60 protesters swarmed the airport's baggage claim clutching homemade signs and chanting, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here." Police kept a close perimeter.

Video from Officer Bell's dash camera:

Video of two CMPD officers fatally shooting an 18-year-old last June seems to corroborate the officers' accounts. Police stopped Smith on North Tryon after he shot someone in the ankle on a CATS bus. CMPD released the video Thursday after a judge issued an order for police to do so. The body and dash cam video is the first to be released under a new state law that requires requests for police video to go through court.  

Still from Officer Michael Bell's body camera video
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A judge has agreed to allow the public release of body and dash cam footage from the fatal CMPD shooting of Rodney Smith last June. It appears this would be the first police video released under a new state law that requires a court order to make such footage public. 

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