CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Police in riot gear investigate a bag carried by Braxton Winston outside Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Braxton would later be arrested for a misdemeanor violation. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Many of us have heard the plight of African-Americans and the relationship or lack thereof with police officers in and around the Charlotte community. That’s one of the reasons the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants to hear from residents, especially the Black community, and their thoughts on police reform.

CMPD has created a seven-question survey that will help leadership map out a strategy for making changes within the department. Currently, the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign is underway. It’s a national initiative of eight policies that restrict the use of excessive police force.

CMPD officials say so far, the majority of feedback they received from their survey is from white women. In order to get a fair assessment of procedures, practices, and other ideas, they want to hear from more Black residents. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. CMPD says it wants to get input from all sectors of the community. Click here for the survey.


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