CMPD Chief & Mayor Vi Lyles React To Chauvin Guilty Verdict

CHARLOTTE, NC.– CMPD Chief Johnning Jennings says the department is committed to working on building trust with the community. WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich asked the chief how the department plans to do that. He says community collaboration.

“I wanna make sure that we’re getting that input, not just the people who are vocal and coming to us, we want to also be out and go out to the people and hear their voices as well,” Chief Jennings says.

Chief Jennings says the message to his officers: you have to be held accountable when you step out of bounds.

“This doesn’t mean we stop. We have a lot of work to do, and we recognize that, and we know that.”

Mayor Vi Lyles told the media Tuesday that she’s proud to have CMPD.

“That they see wrong, that they internalize what’s necessary to change, and they ask for it on behalf of that change,” Mayor Lyles says.

CMPD implemented policy change after protestors were trapped and gassed in uptown protesting the murder of George Floyd last year.

The department no longer uses tear gas to disperse large crowds.