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City leaders launch "front porch" conversations on police violence
Listening sessions at Government Center
 
Published Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:13 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | DAVID FLOWER
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles will host a public conversation on police violence against civilians today and Friday at the Government Center.

Charlotte City Council is turning the steps of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center into a front porch of conversation and action.

Tonight from 6-8 p.m., local government officials will speak with citizens at the Government Center on what Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles described as the “front porch.” Another session is scheduled for Friday.

“I hope people will come out and talk to us,” she said.

Earlier today, City Council went into closed session to discuss last night’s protest against the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, where video footage shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers trapping protestors in gas, using flash bangs and shooting rubber bullets at them without giving an order to disperse. When asked about disclosing the chemical agent used last night she said the State Bureau of Investigation will, “take some time.”

Lyles also said during today’s press conference that the most important thing about the closed session council members shared their heartfelt feelings about what they saw in that video. City council members agreed that they need to hear from residents, which is why they will meet with them directly tonight and Friday night.

“Last night was one of one of those times that none of us can be proud of, and that we wouldn’t want to see happen in our city,” Lyles said. “It’s not the kind of reputation that we want to have nationally or locally.”

Protests in Charlotte began on May 29, taking place every day since. Lyles does not intend to impose a curfew, as she believes such action limits the right of people to protest.

“I don’t believe we should have a curfew,” she said.

 

 

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