Citizens Review Board disagrees with CMPD

- The Charlotte Citizens Review Board has some concerns over a 2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police case where a complaint of excessive force was made.

Charlotte’s Citizen Review Board announced their findings Tuesday afternoon on the case involving suspect James Yarborough.

Officer body camera footage captured a former CMPD officer, Jon Dunham, punching and pointing a gun at Yarborough’s head.

Yarborough had run from police during a traffic stop.

The board voted 7 to 1, disagreeing with the findings of Chief Kerr Putney,

The chief concluded officer Dunham’s use of force was legal and required that the officer do more training.

The board felt more disciplinary action should’ve been taken against the officer, who resigned and joined another local department.

CMPD says they’re open to any suggestions from the review board on policy changes moving forward. 

This is the first time, ever, that the independent board has disagreed with the police department on a case board members have reviewed. 

Yarborugh's attorney told Fox 46 Charlotte that he and his client are gratified with the independent board's decision. 

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