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A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney has given more details about a fatal police shooting Tuesday and his department’s response to protests later in northeast Charlotte.

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  The recent fatal police shootings of African-American men and the killing of five Dallas police officers have revived discussions aimed at easing tensions between CMPD officers and those Charlotte residents who are wary of them.  At a forum hosted by the NAACP in uptown last night, several hundred people questioned and criticized CMPD. There was also some praise.  

The fatal shootings of two African-American men by police this week and Thursday night’s fatal shooting of five police in Dallas have touched local residents. Peaceful marches were held in downtown Charlotte on Thursday and on Friday area residents expressed their thoughts on Charlotte Talks.

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A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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Last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury refused to indict a Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick who shot an unarmed black man 10 times. On Monday, a different grand jury indicted Kerrick on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the September incident.

The indictment came after a judge earlier in the day denied the request of Kerrick's attorneys who tried to block prosecutors from resubmitting the case to the new grand jury.


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More than 150 people rallied at a church in northeast Charlotte Thursday night to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a Charlotte police officer for the death of an unarmed man he shot 10 times.


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The state's medical examiner's office released a toxicology and autopsy report for Jonathan Ferrell on Friday afternoon. The report shows that the 24-year-old had nicotine, a small amount of alcohol and caffeine in his system on the night of his death in mid-September. The report shows that Ferrell's blood alcohol level was .06 percent. State law puts the legal blood alcohol level limit at .08 percent while driving.

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A judge on Thursday effectively prohibited CMPD from releasing dash-cam video footage from the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot 10 times by a police officer.


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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.