CMPD Invites Public Comment on Policies, Turnout Slim

CMPD Working for CALEA Accreditation

CHARLOTTE, NC — CMPD policies and procedures are under the microscope as the department works for maintain accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Residents had a chance to voice their concerns Monday night. CMPD officers say they expected a big crowd since the unrest following the officer shooting of Keith Scott. However, just one person showed up.

Just a few buildings away on Johnson C. Smith University’s campus, hundreds met with Charlotte Uprising. The group formed during protests after Scott’s shooting.

“Tonight, we don’t see a need to go over there,” said Charlotte Uprising’s Ashley Williams. “If the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants to build better connections with the community. they have to first stop killing black people. A two, be more transparent about the murder of Keith Lamont Scott and Justin Carr. Until then, there’s not going to be any trust, and there;’s not going to be any bubilding.”

Charlotte Uprising had already planned their meeting to go over tactics post-election. Organizers did not want to disrupt plans already in motion by speaking to CALEA.

CMPD is working with Charlotte City Council to implement a review of policies since the unrest.

Monday’s accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is separate from that.

Braxton Winston, a man present during each protest following the Scott shooting was the only one to speak at CMPD’s meeting.

“There has been a complete lack of accountability on behalf of the police department here,” Winston told the CALEA team.

The two men with CALEA were from law enforcement agencies in St. Louis and California. CMPD has held accreditation since March 2005.

“Having this distinction is really important,” said CMPD’s Stella Patterson. “It shows that you care about your policies, you care about your procedures, you care about the law.”

WCCB Charlotte asked if Scott’s shooting will threaten CMPD’s status as the CALEA team evaluates the department’s use of force policy.

“I don’t believe so,” said Patterson. “The accreditation standards are based on, again, policies and procedures. Are you following your policies in place? Do you have a use of force policy and what that is and are you practices consistent with that?”

The men evaluating CMPD will take the findings to the full CALEA committee who will review it and decide whether to award CMPD.

You can still mail comments, concerns, critiques and praises to 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320, Gainesville, VIrginia 20155. You can also call 800-368-3757.