The Charlotte Observer interviewed several Timber Ridge residents who are critical of CMPD tactics. You can read the full article here.
Cedar Posts thought it might be helpful if the story included photos of those voicing their concerns, in this case their mug shots serve the purpose rather nicely.
From the Charlotte Observer:
At least half a dozen Timber Ridge residents told the Observer Friday that the intense police presence can sometimes feel like harassment and increase tensions - particularly in their community, where the shooting deaths of two officers in 2007 has chilled relations between police and residents.
"They've got zero tolerance for anything," says Charles Dixon, who often stays with friends at the complex.
Dixon (Most recently arrested for assault on a female, driving with a revoked license, possession, intent to distribute, cocaine, protective order violation, resisting arrest, habitual felon, failure to heed blue light.)
"They're always stopping people, getting in people's faces." Dixon added.
When the shot rang out, resident Dealmon Rivers sprinted toward the playground, searching for his 4-year-old son. As he closed in, the boy passed his dad, running for home - then locked everyone else outside, and closed the blinds.
"He was terrified," Rivers said. "He was hollering, 'The cop is going to shoot me.'
"It took two minutes for us to get him to let us in."
CMPD has recorded 349 crimes in the 100-unit complex since January 2006.
In 2007, Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were responding to an unrelated domestic-disturbance call when they were fatally shot. Police have charged 28-year-old Demeatrius Montgomery with the killings, and two homicides have occurred at Timber Ridge since then.
Yet according to the Charlotte Observer: Some residents say the constant police presence can escalate tension. Darden's girlfriend says that may be why he ran from police.
Darden is a felon who served time for cocaine possession. And police have searched him before at Timber Ridge, friends say.
McBrayer (Most recently arrested on February 24, 2010 for Worthless Checks and Possession of Marijuana)
"They harass people for no reason," said Chateama McBrayer, 33. "He's a felon. He knows they're going to stop him."