Some City Council Members Want SBI Oversight in CMPD Officer-Involved Shootings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At Monday night’s City Council meeting, some members said they’d like to see the State Bureau of Investigations have oversight in deadly CMPD officer-involved shootings.

Council member Matt Newton brought the issue up. He lost his brother in an officer-involved shooting in 2012.

“It’s important that we don’t overlook, particularly within our CMPD directives, ways that we can make policy change to ensure and to bring it back full circle to make sure that something like this never happens again,” Newton said.

Right now when an officer-involved shooting happens, CMPD runs two parallel investigations—one criminal—and one internal.

At-large council member Dimple Ajmera says she’d also like to look into council getting the SBI involved.

“…which is an independent investigation and get some answers for our residents,” Ajmera explained.

The comments came amid questions about transparency.

Mayor Vi Lyles addressed the controversy surrounding nine additional minutes of body-cam video viewed by City Council, but not released to the public.

“It’s not necessarily with a negative intent or an intent to corrupt the system, but sometimes it’s just a mistake,” Lyles said.

The Mayor urged caution before council looks to make policy changes.

“I think all of those are noble objectives. But the first and foremost thing is to actually resolve what what we’re dealing with right now today,” Lyles said.