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New questions about Charlotte's Citizen's Review Board

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Keeping score means understanding that CMPD has a streak of successfully defending 78 consecutive cases that have come to the attention of Charlotte's Citizens Review Board.

Back in the late 1990's,passionate voices emerged demanding action after the fatal shootings of James Willie Cooper, Carolyn Boetticher, and Windy Gail Thompson.

All three were unarmed African Americans who were fatally shot by CMPD officers.

Charlotte Minster James Samuel was among those leading the rally charge.

He recalls, "Those were egregious police killings who had no weapons, and those officers were exonerated in every case."

The concept of a review panel got the backing of council member Patrick Cannon.

"In the very beginning, there was a lot of opposition in having a citizens review board, but people recognized that we were at a boiling point in this community,"Cannon said. 

Earlier this week, Mayor Anthony Foxx sent a e-mail to council members saying the role of the board needs to be revisited, and the Mayor Pro Tem agrees.

Cannon said, "I think there's a question out there right now about the level of cases that have been heard, and if there are any imbalances out there."

Individuals like Reverend Samuel who helped lead the charge in 1997 say going 0 for 78 is troubling.

"We must find a way to make this system not only fair and equitable, but make sure that it is equal and just," he said.

On April 1st Chief Rodney Monroe will meet with the city council to explain the process of discipline in CMPD.

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