Jul 11, 2016 - News

Charlotte mourned the deaths in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas

After a week of turmoil, Charlotte spent the weekend mourning the men killed in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas — and discussing how to make our city stronger moving forward.

150 gather at Myers Park Methodist to mourn the lost.

The memorial service drew pastors from South Tryon Community UMC and University City UMC as well as the host church. Candles were lit for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the officers killed in Dallas as well as the shooter, who also died that night.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney gets personal

Putney spoke at two Charlotte-area churches on Sunday, and at a press conference Friday. His speech is powerful.

In it, he’s honest about his experience both as a cop and as a black man in America. “Even now when I see blue lights, it hits me in the stomach,” he said. “I’ve had that reaction since I was 8 years old.”

He also rejects the notion that one has to pick sides, to choose to either defend the police or empathize with African-Americans. He talks about a police officer’s oath to defend and serve superseding all else, and how cops don’t have the luxury of running away when things are difficult or dangerous. They run towards it.

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But neither does he hide behind the oft-cited phrase of needing to “know the facts” before commenting on the shootings last week.

“I don’t need to know the facts to see another black body in the streets and say, that hurts me, that disappoints me, we have more work to do.”

Saturday: Black on Black Love Rally outside CMPD headquarters

Friday: #clttakesaction in NoDa

Mason Park said this meeting was the first of a series of meetings to organize and educate how to recycle the dollar back into the black Charlotte community. He emphasized that he is not trying to start a new organization but trying to learn how to utilize and mobilize the resources and organizations already at their disposal.

Friday: Charlotte leaders Stand United

“This is a nation problem, this is a city problem, this is a people problem” -Shaun Corbett. Powerful words at the Stand United Press Briefing.

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-Agenda writers Lucie Smul and Andrew Dunn contributed to this report

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