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Outside Agitators Fill the Ranks of Charlotte’s Police

As protests roiled Charlotte this summer in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, local officials trotted out a reliable trope to cast doubt on the authenticity of the demonstrations. “There were outside agitators,” Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden said on June 1. “The agitators started throwing things, they started doing things, and guess what happened […]

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What Makes Bad Cops? Policing, Not Personalities

Law enforcement’s primary tactic for deflecting criticism and resisting reform made a recent appearance when City Council debated whether to temporarily halt Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s purchase of chemical weapons.  While expressing support for CMPD’s right to continue gassing his own constituents, one councilman read a letter signed by the spouses of hundreds of officers, lamenting […]

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Hey, City Council, Gas Yourselves!

To Our Honorable Mayor and City Council,  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recently trapped and gassed citizen-protesters on the streets of uptown. To try to appease critics of this brutality, you took the practically meaningless, symbolically meager step of temporarily halting CMPD’s purchase of new chemical weapons — even as you now seem prepared to fight in […]

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Chief Says Cops Can Kill With Impunity

We ought to condemn murder committed in plain sight. This should be an unremarkable observation, and usually is — except when the murderers wear badges. When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers David Guerra and Courtney Suggs shot and killed Ruben Galindo on September 6, 2017, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney immediately started spinning the facts to shield his […]