Black youth concert aims to ease tensions with CMPD

Faith in Action Ministry hosted a Black youth concert and invited CMPD officers to address some of the issues between youth and police on Sunday. Performers tell Fox46 Charlotte the protests showed young people’s distrust with law enforcement.

 “With everything that’s happening, the kids, they don’t wanna associate themselves with the police, they detach themselves from the police officers,” said T-Elise.

Pastor Fred Breeden tells Fox46 Charlotte he organized the concert and invited CMPD officers six weeks ago, before the protests erupted. He says police interaction with youth is important now more than ever.

“It’s certainly vital now because there are so many things that are misunderstood,” said Pastor Breeden. “People are being motivated by fear… so if we could just have a dialogue and a conversation then maybe we can understand each other’s point of view.”  

Captain Norman Garnes from CMPD addressed the crowd and performers about police outreach and program in the community.

“We want the community to know that we are here for them, as well as we hope they are there for us,” said Garnes. “So it’s important just to be a part of the community for everyone to come together and move forward.” 

Calvin Hill says today’s event won’t mend all the tensions between youth and police, but it’s a step in the right direction.

 “This event is definitely an opportunity to lead us in the right direction,” said Hill. “Of course everything needs time to heal, but it’s definitely a band aid in the healing process.”