Two Officers In Body Cam Video Of Deadly Shooting Have Not Completed Crisis Intervention Training
CHARLOTTE, NC. — WCCB has confirmed the two officers seen on body camera video during a deadly shooting in Northwest Charlotte, have not completed Crisis Intervention Training. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney was taking more tough questions about what happened during a community conversation Wednesday.
It was a packed house at Little Rock AME Zion Church where Chief Putney addressed the community’s concerns a second time. After the release of body camera video showing the police shooting of 27-year-old Danquirs Franklin on March 25th.
Officer Wende kerl, and the other officer seen in the body camera video, have not completed CMPD’S Crisis Intervention Training. It teaches officers how to respond to a person in a crisis with serious mental illness. CMPD tells WCCB, approximately 38% of the department is CIT trained. The national average for CIT officers in major police departments is 25%.
Pastor Ray McKinnon says change is going to take more than training,”We can’t continue to say we need more training, there is a shift that must occur. I don’t know what is that shift, but we can’t just continue to say more training, more training.”
CMPD is introducing the Community Policing Crisis Response Team in May. The program is designed to de-escalate encounters with people suffering with behavioral health crisis or substance abuse disorder. It will have six teams made up of eight crisis intervention trained officers and six therapists.