Dean Otto was hit while riding his bicycle in 2016, resulting in his near paralysis. Otto worked hard to recover, which included forgiving the driver who hit him, to the point that one year after the accident they will run a half-marathon together.
Approximately 100 people gathered on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Levine Museum of the New South for a "Breaking Bread" dinner and dialogue about the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and subsequent protests one year later.
One year after the Scott shooting, The Observer examines Charlotte City Council's three promises to address the underlying cause of the unrest. The first was to review and implement recommendations on police practices to improve trust and accountability with CMPD. The second was to create 5,000 new workforce and affordable housing units over the next three years. The third was to invest one million dollars in a new Workforce Development Program to help people with barriers to employment find good-paying jobs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney talks about officer-involved shootings in the wake of the Scott shooting. He discusses changes made, including new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department training for de-escalation of crowds, dealing with cases of mental stress and mental illness, and delivering more open, rapid and complete updates on officer-involved incidents.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney talks about the importance of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's use of body cameras in improving community relations during an interview on Friday, September 15.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney said during an interview on Friday, September 15 that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has kept its promises and is being more transparent to the public in its work.