In an amazing break with the status quo, WBTV is reporting that Sunday morning's riots and homicide happened in the "heart of where the DNC will take place" next year.
This is a huge shift from the spin coming out of CMPD and the Observer who have stated the melee happened "blocks away" from the 2012 convention site.
WBTV's report which is here also turns away from the idea that the groups were not a part of the Speed Street event.
Charlotte's elected officials including Mayor Anthony Foxx are blindly throwing their support to Chief Monroe to correct the problem. In a statement released to WBTV Mayor Foxx said:
"The crime that took place Sunday morning is disturbing and unacceptable. Neither our center city nor any of our neighborhoods are appropriate places for violence," Foxx said in his statement. "Over the last twenty four hours, our police force has been focused on getting to the bottom of this incident. I have full confidence that Chief [Rodney] Monroe will use all of the tools available to find and ensure the prosecution of those responsible and take preemptive actions to make sure this rare occurrence does not repeat itself. While Charlotte's crime rate is the lowest in 30 years, the events of Sunday night are a harsh reminder that we still have more work to do."
Getting to the "bottom" of this incident sounds like a good idea, the goal of finding a solution to prevent this "rare occurrence" so that it doesn't repeat itself is an understatement.
What is the solution? I honestly don't have even a flicker of an idea. But I know that "spin" and "disinformation" will not fix what is wrong here.
CMPD was overwhelmed by the number of Speed Street attendees who were outside of the demographic. In other words the 30,000 non participants who showed up.
This is not something that "new laws" can fix. This is a cultural thing. We have a segment of our population (they just happen to be African Americans) that embrace this sort of lifestyle. A lifestyle of violence, drugs, gangs and disrespect for common decency.
People, who for some reason think hanging out uptown and causing trouble is fun.
The attitude was compounded by the fact that weather on Thursday and Friday caused the crowds to stay away. This created a "perfect storm" of time and demand, as the weather cleared and the masses took to the streets.
The only thing Charlotte City Council can do is make it impossible for this segment of the population to attend these events.
Closing and relocating the transit center will be the first step. It can be done in short order. The transit center was created at the suggestion of Bank America who felt it was unseemly to have hordes of people standing around the square waiting to catch a bus. At the time the African American community screamed racism. And you can expect the same now but it must be done, as it should have been done long ago.
The CATS transfer station should be a non-destination single purpose building far from anytime of interest.
The second idea floating is to reduce or stop the bus service during events. Making nearly impossible to arrive at "Uptown Events" after a certain time.
Speed Street will from this point forward end at sunset.
CMPD was helpless on Saturday night. Duck and cover, stand by and watch. From many reports, the call for the CEU should have been made several hours earlier.
Expect the horse mounted officers request to spring to life again.
July 4th will be a watered down version of last year with insane amounts of police presence, and costs running out of control.
Finally expect the idea of holding events Uptown to fade into the past. The times square concept is flawed. The idea of the entire city turning out for a night of fun is a pipe dream.
It will take years of arrests and detainment, to change the thinking. BTW catch, detain and release may be the best answer. No mug shot, no court, just mouth off once and its ziptie city. Spend the rest of the night in a box only to be turned loose at 6am miles from home.