CMPD highlights "Use of Force" training

CMPD invited FOX 46 Charlotte and other media outlets to its training academy to get a lesson in its "Use of Force" training. 

In Part 1 of a series of community events, geared toward provided a more transparent look into policing, CMPD talked about suspects resisting arrest -- and what actions can be taken to get them to cooperate.

"It's 2 percent, about 2 percent, a little bit less of those encounters with the public that actually create a situation where we have to use force," CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said.

CMPD said the first goal is to be able to calm the situation with verbal commands. If verbal commands don't work, it has the legal authority to use a variety of force, which might include punches being thrown in a case to unlock someone's arms to be placed in handcuffs."

CMPD asked FOX 46 Charlotte's David Sentendrey to volunteer for a series of demonstrations (that can be viewed at the top of the page) where he tried to take down police recruits who were posing as criminals -- but without punching, kicking or hitting them in any way.

Chief Putney will address the Latino population at Camino Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 12 after body camera footage was released from when police shot and killed Rueben Galindo.

CMPD will host a Safety Forum at Calvary Church on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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