Press Release: Mayor Pro Temp Vi Lyles Statement on Video Released of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Incident from March 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Contact: Amanda Eubanks, amanda@vilyles.com, (980) 785-3879

Mayor Pro Temp Vi Lyles Statement on Video Released of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Incident from March 26, 2016

 Charlotte, North Carolina– On April 25, 2017, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) released a video of four officers attempting to arrest a suspect.

The following is a statement from Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, Candidate for Mayor:

“I have been in contact with several officials from CMPD about the incident. CMPD conducted an internal investigation and determined the officer was legally justified to pull his weapon. However, it is very troubling to see again these images and video continue to play out in our community.  

The investigation did determine that the officer did not comply with CMPD communication protocol and tactical training. I believe the officer did not act ethically or morally when he made threats to take a suspect’s life. In order for our community to have continued trust with law enforcement, there must be accountability. Several incidents over the last few years have cast doubt and fear into the lives of our citizens when approached by law enforcement.  

As a city, we all must work toward a culture of trust, respect, and cooperation between CMPD and our citizens. I will continue to work in creating community advisory groups within each law enforcement response area to increase accountability and awareness with those who protect our streets. I look forward to continuing my work with Police Chief Putney and CMPD for increased oversight of policies and procedures. We are all grateful to those who serve in uniform to protect our city with dignity and respect.”

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