Politics & Government

DJs accuse Charlotte black community of abandoning Patrick Cannon

As former Mayor Patrick Cannon waits to be sentenced for public corruption, two radio DJs have accused Charlotte’s black community of abandoning Cannon in his hour of need.

B.J. Murphy and Keith Richards, who recently launched the Internet station QC102.com, said Cannon was the victim of a “deliberate plot” to remove him from office. Aside from the FBI, the radio duo did not reveal who they believed was behind the plot.

“I ain’t heard nothing from these coward in Charlotte that are afraid to defend black people,” Murphy said.” I have not heard any black media come to his defense.”

The full audio is available on QCityMetro.com.

Cannon will be sentenced Oct. 14 after pleading guilty in June to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents. An affidavit in the case says Cannon sought more than $1 million in kickbacks during a meeting in his office. He was arrested last March and resigned the same day. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.