Charlotte: Police Refuse to Grant Even Minor Concessions

Photo credit: WBTV Charlotte

By Julian Oddo

After several months of an internal examination of policies, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) announced that they would not be enacting any changes to their search warrant procedures. This ‘internal examination’ was nothing more than a charade to deceive those who took part in May Uprisings—the promise of potential reforms was used in an attempt to demobilize the people while being supported by opportunists within the protest movement.

One of the key issues proposed by the reformists was changes to search warrant policies, with the intention to prevent some of the most extreme most forms of policing. The department waited nearly a year to respond, and finally, CMPD’s Chief Johnny Jennings came out against any of the suggested policy changes.

A local non-governmental organization (NGO) Action NC has called the response from CMPD “progress” for the community, even though the most minor reforms were refused by the department.

Officers will still be allowed to serve warrants in the middle of the night, along with not being required to wait even a few seconds for a response before breaking into an occupied home.

The local ruling class newsgroup WBTV, touted the minor concessions from years past such as requiring body cameras and disallowing no-knock warrants as enough.

Police, however, have only strengthened their capabilities of harming working people over the past several years. From 2019 to 2021, CMPD’s budget has increased by nearly $20 million, along with signing a contract with Dataminr Inc., a company that spent much of 2020 tracking the activity of activists during and after last summer’s uprisings.

Politicians and professional activists have ridden on the backs of the May Uprisings, calling for reforms that are incapable solving any of the multitude of issues surrounding police. No budget cuts or reforms can change the role and function of the police as the armed enforcers of ruling class ‘law and order.’

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