The Blame Game & Charlotte’s Tent City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A lot of finger pointing over the rush to evacuate Charlotte’s Tent City. The Mecklenburg County Health Department gave residents 72 hours to leave because of a rat infestation. That deadline is at 5 Friday evening. County manager Dena Diorio ripped into Charlotte City leaders Thursday, along with Sheriff Garry McFadden, for not helping.

But – the City and McFadden say county leaders didn’t seem to have a plan. CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings tweeted: CMPD is not going to criminalize homelessness.

Sheriff McFadden says this is a humanity issue. He says, “We’re talking about human lives here. Human lives have been put to the side or have fallen on hard times in the middle of a crisis. So this is a delicate situation.”

Mecklenburg County Health Department director Gibbie Harris says, “This is not a resolution to the long term issue of encampments and homeless in our community. That’s something that has to be addressed on a much broader level.”

The county is offering hotel rooms for those at the camp for up to 90 days and will provide them with 3 meals a day.

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson