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CMPD Charges Officer With False Imprisonment

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detectives have charged a police officer with false imprisonment.

CMPD said in a news release on Friday that the detectives were notified last Friday that 26-year-old Officer Joseph Carranti was involved in a domestic-related incident while he was off duty. 

According to the investigators, Carranti intentionally and unlawfully restrained an unidentified person without their consent.

Police said detectives presented the case to a magistrate and a warrant was issued. Carranti was then arrested.

In addition to the criminal charges, a seperate internal investigation is being conducted.

Also, police said a Mecklenburg County District Court judge granted a domestic violence order, which prevents Carranti from having any contact with the victim for 10 days.

Carranti, a four-year veteran who works with the department's DWI task force, is on unpaid administrative leave.

"As officers we are charged with upholding the law. Breaking it is a violation of both the law and our oath. Anyone who breaks the law will always be held accountable for his or her actions just like any other member of our community," said Chief Kerr Putney.