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Charlotte hires foundation to examine response to protests – and only that

Last night the Charlotte City Council approved a $379,500 contract with Police Foundation, a DC-based police improvement organization, to review response to the demonstrations in the wake of September’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

But, as the Charlotte Observer reports, the contract has a rather narrow focus:

But the contract doesn’t call for the foundation to look at how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s culture and procedures could have affected the Sept. 20 confrontation with Scott. It also doesn’t call for a review of the department’s decision to wait four days to release dash camera and body camera footage from the shooting – a decision that Mayor Jennifer Roberts later said showed a lack of transparency.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting and whether police acted appropriately in using deadly force.

So what is Police Foundation actually going to do for the City of Charlotte?

The contract calls for three focus areas:

The first phase is to create a “community advisory board” of government, business and community leaders.

The second phase is to “organize structured listening sessions with members and leaders of the community in conjunction with CMPD.”

The final phase is a “critical incident review” of the department’s response to protests and demonstrations.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney says his department is conducting its own review as well,  but the Police Foundation contract is “our opportunity to do it outside and objectively.”

 

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