CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - After a powerful showing at Wednesday night’s city council meeting, CMPD officer's wives say they’re disappointed in how their concerns were received.
"She was on her IPad at one point and I feel that was her typing up these tweets,” said Tia Smith.
She’s talking about city council member LaWana Mayfield. The firestorm started when she tweeted in March that cops are “terrorists wearing blue uniforms.” During Wednesday night’s city council meeting, she posted on Facebook and Twitter.
One person commented on her posts, “Wow. All these posts during the public forum portion of last night’s city council meeting. I’m sure those bringing concerns before their elected officials appreciated your undivided attention.”
Patti McKinley, a CMPD officer’s wife, said, “Unfortunately, we've heard crickets. There's been no response,” she continued, “we've not had a reply from the Mayor and that's concerning to me.”
FOX 46’s Morgan Frances called Mayfield’s cell phone, texted her, called and left a message on her office phone and tweeted her on Twitter, but didn’t get a response.
The women who showed up at city council to voice their concerns have questions.
“What did her hashtag "a day of reckoning is coming" mean?” Smith asked.
The women say they want to help bridge the gap, not create divide.
“It's not that she has issues that we have a problem with,” said McKinley. “It's her negativity, it's her hatred, it's her own racism and it's her own bias.”
These women extended an invite to Mayfield to ride along with officers, to better understand their job.