CMPD Chief Putney doesn't say a lot, he tweets even less. With only 400 followers and a dozen or less tweets he doesn't have much of a twitter presence. Nevertheless there he was yesterday with this gem.
Kerr Putney @chiefputney
"@CMPD has investigated 25 homicides year to date. 19 of these involve victims who know their killers. 23 involve guns. This has to stop."
I suppose being Chief he has to say something. But the words "This has to stop" are pretty pointless. Real action is needed, but this is not a one fix cures all, in fact it is a long road to a safe city. Frankly it won't ever happen, Charlotte has gone too far down the road of self-destruction.
Rodney Monroe saw to that.
During Monroe's watch race became such an issue that common sense took a backseat to mob mentality. The Jonathan Ferrell shooting put it over the top, ending Monroe's tenure as Police Chief but forever putting Black Lives Matter in front of law enforcement officers.
The experience of hiring from outside the department and the low morale at the time forced Charlotte City Council and the City Manager to hire from within. Putney was selected as the lesser of all evils. Race was a factor but the feeling was that most of the boots on the street had respect for Putney as a cop's cop.
The quickly ended with the Keith Lamont Scott shooting. While Putney was willing to back CMPD Officers several missteps led to mass protests and violence that put Charlotte into the national spotlight. Putney was slow to respond letting the crowds protest and giving them space saying they were acting peacefully. But as the protests turned into riots and looting and then finally gun play, Putney with his back against the wall asked for help from the Governor in the form of the North Carolina National Guard and Highway Patrol.
Since then the morale has slipped lower and lower. Despite recruiting efforts, the low pay and poor working conditions has crippled CMPD's patrol divisions.
The department is now understaffed by nearly 200 officers.
Here is the bottom line:
You can't prevent homicides, there is no deterrent other than effective policing. When you have ineffective policing homicides increase.
Putney is at a disadvantage, the political forces of Charlotte have been more concerned with their social agenda than basic city services. Look at the major agenda items over the past two years:
Trolley and Blue Lines
Black Lives Matter
GOP 2020 Convention
Then understand this, Charlotte has been a "bug light" for the less than desirables. The influx of transplants from shit hole cities like Baltimore, Newark, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati has created a massive "affordable housing" shortage.
Add the Latino element both legal and illegal and with them the drug trade in opioids and marijuana which has quickly turned Charlotte into the East Coast hub of the drug trade.
Without effective policing crime has naturally risen.
Even the basic services like street lights, curbs, sidewalks and gutters are neglected. Water, Sewer, Solid-waste and Recycling all have issues that have been overlooked to focus on Charlotte City Council's "social agenda" and everything supersedes law enforcement.
It can't go on.
You can't raise the property taxes on CMPD Officers many who have moved outside the county only to have their take home car privileges revoked.
Officers who commute to work more than 30 minutes account for more than 70 percent of the department.
And its only going to get worse.
The 25 murders in the first two months of 2019 is an anomaly an outlier on a statistically accurate chart. But the fact that of the 25 homicides the majority were African America should tell you something.