Charlotte City Council passes resolution, requesting CMPD to adopt ‘8 Can’t Wait’ initiative

Charlotte City Council passes resolution, requesting CMPD to adopt ‘8 Can’t Wait’ initiative
The “8 Can’t Wait” initiative, created by nonprofit police reform organization Campaign Zero, introduces eight policies they say can decrease police violence by 72 percent. (Source: David Hodges/WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a resolution, requesting CMPD to adopt “8 Can’t Wait”, a police reform initiative.

Councilman Larken Egleston said based on community feedback, he sought and gained support from Mayor Vi Lyles along with other city council members to pursue adoption of the “8 Can’t Wait" recommendations.

The “8 Can’t Wait” initiative, created by nonprofit police reform organization Campaign Zero, introduces eight policies they say can decrease police violence by 72 percent.

The policies include:

  • Ban chokeholds and strangleholds
  • Require de-escalation
  • Require warning before shooting
  • Exhaust all alternatives before shooting
  • Duty to intervene
  • Ban shooting at moving vehicles
  • Establish use of force continuum
  • Require all force be reported

This comes after the events of May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where unarmed George Floyd died in police custody, as an officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes, and three other officers stood by without intervening.

Charlotte City Council says they "strongly condemn the killing of Mr. Floyd and will not accept racism and discrimination within police forces and other systems that lead to such atrocities and erode trust."

The resolution also states city council “stands in solidarity and resolves to work alongside those who strive every day to root out racism in our society, including police officers, community activists, clergy, representatives of business, nonprofits and government and beyond.”

Charlotte City Council, according to the resolution, will request the City Manager to review CMPD policies to ensure alignment with the practices recommended by the national “8 Can’t Wait” initiative.

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