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Charlotte Talks: CMPD Chief Kerr Putney On Keeping Guns Out Of Schools, Preparing For 2020 RNC

WFAE/Jennifer Worsham

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney sits down with Mike Collins to talk about safety in schools and preparing for the 2020 Republican Convention.

After the midterm election, sights will be set on 2020. That's especially the case in Charlotte where local leaders will be gearing up for the Republican National Convention to descend on the city in August 2020.

Police Chief Kerr Putney is preparing for any protests and potential violence that could arrive with the tens of thousands of people expected in Charlotte for the RNC. He's looking for support and wants to engage the community ahead of this major event.

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Mike Collins talks with CMPD Chief Kerr Putney in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.

CMPD is launching a new initiative called "Bridging the Difference" which the department hopes will continue conversations about policing, community relations, trust and public safety.

We'll talk with Chief Putney about the city's preparations for the RNC and how he hopes to find common ground with community activists. We'll also ask him what can be done to keep guns out of schools and improve safety after the fatal shooting at Butler High School.


Chief Kerr Putney, Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Robert Dawkins, activist and state organizer, SAFE Coalition NC, an organization that advocates for police accountability

Related event: CMPD is hosting a series of community conversations as part of their new initiative "Bridging the Difference." The first will be held Thurs. Nov. 15th at 6pm at Johnson C. Smith University. Details.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.