As criticism of the fatal shooting of Ruben Galindo continued to mount, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney again defended his officers Tuesday, saying the refusal to put down a gun justified police use of deadly force.
Body cam footage obtained by the Charlotte Observer through a court order reveals that CMPD shot and killed Rueben Galindo, 29, who had called 911 and said he had a gun but no bullets. A dispatcher told officers that a Spanish-speaking man had called and wanted officers to help him.
Hardrick lost two sons, Marquis Antonio Thompson and James Hardrick II who were both murdered within less than a year of each other. Thompson was killed on 12.12.2008 and Hardrick was killed on 11.1.2009.
On Monday families gathered at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters as part of CMPD's Victim Services group that helps families cope with their loss after a homicide. On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 the 67th homicide victim was found in west Charlotte equalling the homicide total for all of 2016.