CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Citizens Review Board is holding an evidentiary hearing reviewing CMPD’s internal investigation to determine whether the board agrees with the Chief's findings that the shooting was justified.
"We can now begin a new chain of reaction to look at how we interact with one another, how CMPD in particular engages African Americans. The disproportionally regarding how we're stopped, how we're frisked and how we're being killed has to stop," said Minister Corine Mack, the President of the Charlotte NAACP.
The CRB cannot reverse the district attorney's decision not to charge Officer Vinson. They can recommend changes to police training, policy and procedures and ask Chief Putney to reverse his decision.
"Unfortunately, we do not have subpoena power yet. We don't have the investigatory power yet, but this is the beginning. Our system has not worked for black people in particular, it works the way it was designed to work," said Mack.
In a June preliminary hearing, the CRB determined there was substantial evidence of error. If the final decision is the same it will be the first time the CRB voted against the CMPD.
Mack believes this decision can be a model for other cities.
"At the end of the day we are all human, none of us are infallible and we have to be honest about that and when someone does make a mistake there has to be some, someone held accountable for those mistakes especially, when we're talking about a loss of life," Mack said.
The CRB reconvenes Wednesday morning in a closed session.