CMPD Chief Says Department Will No Longer Monitor Homicide Suspects After Released On Bond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —  A bold stand to keep violent criminals off the streets.  Charlotte’s top cop says his department will no longer electronically monitor murder suspects who are out of jail on bond.  CMPD has monitored nearly 2-thousand people this year alone.  31 of them are charged with murder.  Tonight, they’re out of jail, attached to an electronic monitoring device.  Putney says beginning next week, his officers will no longer monitor those suspects.

CMPD’s Electronic Monitoring Unit, or EMU, is currently monitoring 463 people.  31 of them have been charged with murder and are now out on bond, 127 have cut off their monitors this year.  18 of those are still on the run.  Four others committed armed robberies.  Putney says it’s about responsibility, saying local judges need to answer for their decisions.

Cheryl Jones with the advocacy group, Charmeck Court Watch, agrees.  She says magistrates and judges need to keep violent criminals locked up.  Jones says the judges own a big percentage of this issue, but she feels they won’t admit it.  Putney isn’t just taking steps to remove murder suspects from electronic monitoring, he’s also considering removing armed robbery suspects from EM as well.