Divide evident as community members forgo CMPD event for Charlotte Uprising


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Nearly two moths after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte city officials and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are looking at way to gain trust in the community.

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During a public forum Monday night at Johnson C. Smith University, CMPD encouraged community members to offer comments on the department’s policies and procedures

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies visited Charlotte this week to examine how CMPD does its job. 

On Monday night the out of town team hoped to receive input from the community.

“The voices we haven’t heard are the voices we do want to hear,” said Stella Patterson, CMPD Professional Standards. “I would be more disappointed if some of our citizens who have not had an opportunity to talk to us would not show up.”

However, after more than two weeks of riots and protests in September, only one person attended the meeting.

Braxton Winston II, the only person to stop by and that’s only after seeing the media out front.

Winston was on his way to a Charlotte Uprising event, also being held at JCSU, just a few buildings down from the CMPD meeting.

The group organized after Keith Scott’s death.

Group leaders reportedly gave their input weeks ago, handing police a list of 12 demands that they feel still have not been met.

“Those demands are still a thing for us,” a group leader told FOX 46 Charlotte. “They still speak for what we want to see and the kind of community and the kind of Charlotte that we want to have.”

Written comments about CMPD’s ability to meet standards of accreditation may be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.

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