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Police Violence

As CMPD Let Him Die, Harold Easter Talked of God, Family, and Death

Harold Easter asked the cops, “Y’all gonna let me die in here?” They would. Harold’s question came about ten minutes into his detention in a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department holding room on January 23, 2020. Within an hour of entering the room, Harold, who was Black, collapsed. He died a couple days later. The cops brought […]

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Police Violence

Release CMPD’s Use of Force Reports

Charlotte cops document their violence in reports filed with, and reviewed by, the police department. But the public — those on whom violence is inflicted — can’t see the reports. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s position is that so-called use of force reports, including those that were completed following officers’ June 2 ambush of citizen-protesters with chemical […]

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Police Violence

CMPD Promises to Cut Its Tools of Brutality By 7

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says it won’t strangle or choke people. Or needlessly shoot or inflict violence on them. Or shoot without warning. Or jump straight to violence. Or initiate violence. Or allow officers to just stand there while their colleagues brutalize people. Or usually shoot at moving vehicles. These promises, we were told last week […]

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Public Safety Chair Spreads CMPD’s Lies, Helps Block External Audit of Police

Charlotte Councilman Larken Egleston is pushing CMPD’s lies about its brutality — while working to block any independent review of the police department’s spending or operations. Much of the work to thwart real reform of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department occurs in the city’s Safe Communities Committee, which is chaired by Egleston and is charged […]

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Cop Admits to Kettling Protesters, Confirming CMPD and SBI Cover-Up

The sergeant was giddy about the brutality to be unleashed. It was the night of June 2. Citizens were winding their way through uptown Charlotte to protest the recent murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. Around 9:30 p.m., demonstrators began walking up 4th Street, traveling from College Street toward Tryon Street. As […]