Charlotte’s 2016 crime data paints ugly picture

Criminal activity in Charlotte last year was 17 percent above the City's five-year average, police officials said Tuesday.
By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer | February 1, 2017

Charlotte clergy, civil rights leaders issue demands following police shooting

Led by North Carolina NAACP President William Barber, a coalition of civil rights and clergy leaders announced a list of demands Monday in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
By Celeste Smith, The Charlotte Observer | September 27, 2016

Faith leader: Police struck protesters with clubs prior to fatal shooting

The Rev. Robin Tanner said she was outside the Omni hotel in uptown Charlotte and saw much of what happened before Justin Carr, 26, was mortally wounded.
By Glenn Burkins | September 23, 2016

Putney: The family of Keith Scott will get to see police video

Chief Kerr Putney of CMPD said the family of Keith Scott -- but not the public -- will be allowed see video of the police shooting that claimed the life of the 43-year-old Charlotte man.
By Glenn Burkins | September 22, 2016

Gov. declares Charlotte is under ‘state of emergency’

Gov. Pat McCrory declares "state of emergency" in Charlotte; said he'd send National Guard and Highway Patrol troopers to help local police restore and maintain order.
By Greg Lacour and Andy Sullivan, Reuters | September 22, 2016

Putney: Keith Lamont Scott was carrying gun when killed by CMPD officer

Chief Kerr Putney said repeatedly Wednesday morning that the man shot and killed by a CMPD officer in north Charlotte on Tuesday was carrying a gun when officers confronted him.
By Glenn Burkins | September 21, 2016

5 Events to Start Your Week (August 1-5)

This week there are several opportunities for improving community relations and good will as CMPD Chief Kerr Putney stops by Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum and Carolinas Healthcare hosts a dialogue on cultural diversity. See what else is happening this week.
By QCity Metro Staff | August 1, 2016

Chief Putney: ‘We’ve got to confront some difficult things’

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said policing has a “racist and bigoted history,” but he said his department is working to overcome that past.
By By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer | July 11, 2016

Putney: Arresting suspect at church was ‘indefensible’

Speaking to clergy and community members, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said the arrest of West Charlotte High School band director Duncan Gray during Sunday worship at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church was a "failure in leadership."
By Glenn Burkins | May 3, 2016

CMPD: Crime up 10 percent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in 2015

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg police prepare to ask City Council for more officers, Chief Kerr Putney on Wednesday released numbers showing a significant rise in crime over the past year.
By By Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer | January 28, 2016