CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - As protests and other events are going on throughout the city, CMPD said the only difference the public might see is more officers.
Ministers, community members, and police all came together to talk Friday. Charlotte's top cop sharing from the heart.
"The reason we're here today was one of viral videos from Minnesota, hurt me, it hurt our profession. We hide behind not knowing all the facts. I don't need to know all the facts to see another dead black body in the street," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said.
Chief Putney said changes are already underway at CMPD, which include addressing what he calls "unconscious bias" with recruits very early on in their training, allowing them to talk about race, and other issues that divide police and the community.
"Because of my distrust of police, even now I see blue lights it hits me in the stomach, I have that reaction since I was 8-years-old, but what you don't know is I'm more fearful when I put this uniform on, because I'm going to tell you I'm always black. I was born that way, but I chose to put myself in harms way with the honorable people who wear these uniforms."
Randy Hagler is President of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police. He said what happened in Dallas will drastically change policing everywhere.
"The last thing on their mind was a sniper coming in and taking them out. It's a wake up call. It takes our profession to a whole different level for strategic planning," Hagler said.
A community and police working together to heal...
"We're not perfect. We hurt too. From a personal standpoint, I represent the men and woman who don't have the luxury to run away when bad things happen."