CMPD's response to Scott shooting was in line with policies, review says
CHARLOTTE - Charlotte city officials released an independent review of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and its response to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott that happened on Sept. 20, 2016.
The shooting led to days and nights of unrest in the city.
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The review found that CMPD "acted appropriately and in line with its policies and procedures."
The study did have 35 recommendations involving the department's policies, training and police-community relationships.
Some recommendations were that CMPD should continue to invest in community policing efforts, particularly in diverse communities, expand its foot patrol program to crime-ridden communities and continue to deploy officers on bicycles during protests.
"People get to know us," CMPD Maj. Mike Campagna said.
Community engagement should remain a top priority for the Police Department, he said.
"The people who are afraid of us, when they get to know us, we can begin to deal with that fear and anxiety," Campagna said.
He spoke at an event Tuesday night looking back at the Scott shooting at the Levine Museum of the New South.
The museum has an exhibit dedicated to the officer-involved shooting.
The group that preached resistance during the unrest, Charlotte Uprising, was also present.
Its founder Ash Williams said the findings are expected.
"I'm not surprised that they are complicit in the violence of CMPD," Williams said.
She said the Queen City now is the same as it was when Scott was shot and killed.
"I don't think anything (has) changed," she said.
Campagna said it's time for action.
"It's a year later and it's really time to get to work," he said.
The Police Foundation also included scathing remarks about Mayor Jennifer Roberts saying her comments about Police Chief Kerr Putney during the unrest were unhelpful.