Garry McFadden

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Activists from the group Jail Support were arrested Monday morning after a sit-in protest across the street from the Mecklenburg County jail. The group was previously removed from the same location earlier this month.

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Public defecating and urinating. Sex acts. These are among the things Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden said are happening outside and near the sheriff's office. In a presentation to Mecklenburg County commissioners on Tuesday, McFadden blamed a group of activists set up across the street from the county jail. The activists said the allegations are false.

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Tensions came to a head Monday between the group Jail Support and the Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff’s Office.

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Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden said Friday that Thursday’s confrontation between his deputies and demonstrators outside the jail, which resulted in 43 arrests, was a catastrophe. 

Charlotte Talks

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney were on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks on Tuesday to discuss systemic racism, police policies and challenges for their departments and themselves.

Sheriff Garry McFadden

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden announced that a proposed policy called "Duty to Intervene" is currently being drafted and reviewed in response to the killing of George Floyd on May 25 by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck. The policy would require Mecklenburg's deputy sheriffs to act if they see another deputy committing an unlawful act.

Long-term residents at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road waited for the water and electricity to be turned back on at midday Tuesday.
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Long-term residents at a Days Inn in Charlotte got water and electricity back Tuesday, after the hotel shut it off in an attempt to force them out. It’s one of about a hundred hotels in the Charlotte area that got warnings this month about illegal evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden is asking the court system to stop issuing eviction notices for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says evictions could further destabilize people’s lives at a time when schools and businesses are closed.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff Minique Jackson has been fired from her position after she was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a domestic violence incident at her home Wednesday morning, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff Garry McFadden speaks to inmates at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center on November 21st
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Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden hosted an event Thursday in which the guests of honor were former inmates of the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. The event was intended to destigmatize personal trauma among inmates. 


U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray testified in a Senate hearing Tuesday that so-called sanctuary city policies are "reckless," citing cases of people in the country illegally committing violent crimes after being released from jail in Charlotte.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that requires sheriffs to detain inmates on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Tom Bullock and Logan Cyrus

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he has no problem with Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden's desire to expand law enforcement beyond the traditional role of the sheriff's office.

Public Domain

Legislation that would force all North Carolina sheriffs to detain suspects for up to 48 hours when requested by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is soon heading to the floor of the state House. 

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden

Marking his first act as Mecklenburg County sheriff in early December, Garry McFadden ended his office’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program — under which the sheriff’s office reported the immigration status of its inmates to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden

Mecklenburg County’s newly-elected sheriff is temporarily restoring in-person visits at the county jail during Christmas week.

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Updated 9:09 p.m.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden has sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement halting the county's voluntary participation in the 287(g) program.

The decision marks McFadden's first act since being sworn in.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden

Garry McFadden was scheduled to be sworn in as Mecklenburg County's first black sheriff on Monday. But he had to wait a day because of a formality: The county commission must first approve a $25,000 bond required by state law. As McFadden prepares to make history, we take a look at this little-known law with its own history.   

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As Garry McFadden gets ready to take over the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warning for him. If McFadden follows through on a campaign promise to end the county’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program, there could be ramped up activity on the part of ICE.

Garry McFadden spoke to supporters in May, after winning the Democratic primary for Mecklenburg Sheriff.
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Updated Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Former CMPD homicide detective Garry McFadden has won the race to become Mecklenburg County's next sheriff, besting incumbent Irwin Carmichael and fellow challenger Antoine Ensley.  McFadden says he wants to build unity and trust, by reversing some of Carmichael's controversial policies.