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Charlotte city leaders talk community action plan

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council met Monday night for a workshop focused on their Community Action Plan. (Source:WBTV) Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council met Monday night for a workshop focused on their Community Action Plan. (Source:WBTV)
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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte City Council met Monday night for a workshop focused on their Community Action Plan.

In October, the Council adopted strategies in response to concerns expressed by the public after the Keith Scott protests.

Safety, housing, job creation and program expansion were all topics that were discussed.

City staffers and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney revisited the main items Monday. 

Putney said he still plans to review the body-camera policy for his department and get more of the cameras for his officers. In addition, the creation of a Community Advisory Board for the department is also being discussed.

The council also talked about creating new forums to facilitate conversations in the community. They said 'pop-up' conversations could be held at transit stations or shopping centers, and allow for city staffers to get feedback from the public regarding city initiatives.

At past council meetings, protesters have flooded the council chambers and caused an uproar because of the Keith Scott shooting. That wasn’t the case Monday. Only a few people signed up to speak publicly at the event. However, a couple dozen people sat in the audience with signs that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Our Voice Matters’.

Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts commented on the difficulty of getting feedback from the entire community.

“Some people are on the internet. Some are not. Some people are on the telephone. Some people go to public meetings. Some people do not. All those voices are valid,” explained Roberts. “I think what you saw tonight was a pretty lengthy discussion about how do we actually make sure we’re not leaving anything perspectives out.”  

The city leaders also talked about their timelines for creating a workforce development program and strategic housing plan.

Roberts said that as early as next week, the council will vote on a contract to bring in the Police Foundation to review the police department’s riot response in the aftermath of the Keith Scott shooting..

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