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Chief Putney Addresses Increase In Homicides

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Crystal Hogue
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WFAE

The number of homicides in Charlotte stands at 46 after three more occurred Tuesday night. This is more than double the number of homicides at this time last year. CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says at least 34 of the victims knew their killers. As a result CMPD is launching conflict resolution mediation forums.

“About three quarters of the homicides knew their killer. The victims knew their assailants. These are not random acts. These are volatile outbursts where people have feelings and settle them out in the streets,” said Putney

Chief Putney says he’s also increased foot and bike patrols for the summer.