CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney spoke one-on-one with FOX 46 Charlotte for the first time since police shootings have shattered the country, and sparked violence against officers nationwide.
Chief Putney said he is troubled by police shootings in other parts of the country.
"Just on a human level it bothered me deeply, and on a professional level, I know my whole profession, even before we get all the facts, and really can see what happened, is being painted with a broad brush and the picture is not very pleasing," Putney said.
In Charlotte, over a six month period, five people were shot and killed by police.
"You talk about shootings that we've been involved in, if you point a weapon at our officer or take a shot at our officer, or you're shooting someone in our presence, you're going to have a negative consequence that's the truth of it, does it bother me that we're having to take lives? Absolutely, that's not what we take this job for. But ultimately, we didn't take this job for people to shoot at us and kill others either," Putney explained.
As far as officers coming to Chief Putney, expressing their scared, he said, "No, No. But they have talked about what concerns them. They have talked about ways that we need to better improve our safety, and we're taking those steps as well."
FOX 46 Charlotte asked what it will take to heal the relationship between police and people, particularly the black community.
"What are were doing, as far as the trust goes to build that trust? I'm making sure people can specifically define what that looks like. So I'm listening I'm letting people vent and be heard, and then we step back and look at themes that resonate with people across all planes," Putney said.