On September 20, 2016, Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson, while he waited to pick up his child. Video recordings of the incident show Keith slowly walking backwards, hands at his sides, when police shot him. As Charlotte residents protested his death, militarized riot police responded by deploying tear gas against them. This page provides information about the current state of policing in Charlotte and movement to end police violence and ensure justice for it's residents.
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Facts About POLICING in Charlotte
- Black men were 67% of those killed by CMPD since 2013 despite being only 17% of the population.
- Black people are 50% of drivers stopped by CMPD, 68% of those searched, and 74% of those who police use force against despite being only 35% of the population.
- CMPD officers are more likely to stop and search black people even though they are not more likely to find contraband as a result.
- CMPD officers are 3 times more likely to arrest black people instead of give them a citation for marijuana possession compared to their white counterparts.
- Charlotte Citizen's Review Board, lacking power to investigate complaints or subpoena witnesses, has never ruled in favor of a civilian complaint against a police officer.
- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police force is disproportionately white. White people are 76% of CMPD officers despite being only 50% of the population.
SYSTEMIC ISSUES CONTRIBUTING TO charlotte-mecklenburg Police violence
We identified the extent to which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the City of Charlotte have failed to put in place policies and practices that can prevent police violence and ensure police accountability.