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Charlotte nonprofit CEO Patrick Graham cleared on assault charge
Jury acquits; he resigns from Charlotte Works
 
Published Sunday, July 1, 2018 10:32 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Former Charlotte Works president and CEO Patrick Graham, speaking at a Charlotte Post Foundation forum in 2016, was acquitted by a Mecklenburg County jury Friday on an assault charge stemming from a March 22 incident at his home.

Former Charlotte Works president and CEO Patrick Graham is free to put his life on track after a Mecklenburg County jury acquitted him Friday of assault.


Graham, who previously held the same leadership position at the Urban League of Central Carolinas, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female stemming from a March 22 incident at his home. Graham’s attorney, Harold Cogdell, contended there was evidence of evidence tampering by the plaintiff, a 46-year-old woman. Cogdell also claimed Graham, 47, was assaulted.  


“First, I was truly inspired by the amount of community support I had through a very difficult time for my family as I maintained my innocence,” Graham said in a statement.  “Under current NC law anyone could find themselves in this situation. Reform of our criminal justice system must continue. This experience has renewed my commitment to playing a role in helping to solve issues surrounding education, social justice and economic mobility.”

Graham, who was placed on administrative leave by Charlotte Works, has resigned his position, Cogdell confirmed. During his time at Charlotte Works, Graham launched the Careers4All initiative to boost workforce opportunities in racially- and socio-economically segregated communities. At the Urban League, Graham pushed initiatives for education, workforce development, and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income clients.

“I plan to pursue a new role that uses my strengths of organization and talent development, asset and metric mapping, education and workforce development, policy, and inclusionary leadership,” Graham said. “You are never the same after an experience like this.  I will need the community’s support to use my demonstrated talent to make our neighborhoods better places to live for all.”    

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