Latino community shares concerns with CMPD -

Latino community shares concerns with CMPD

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 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe met with members of the Latin American community, Wednesday night, to talk about concerns that stemmed from an April checkpoint. Members of the Latin American Coalition's youth advocacy group, United 4The Dream helped schedule the event.

The April checkpoint took place on Rosenhaven Drive and Central Avenue, which the group explained is in the heart of the immigrant community. Mary Espinosa, a U4TD leader said she helped setup the meeting because she was concerned about the arrests of undocumented immigrants. She explained, “it is up to the officer’s discretion, so the officer can decide ultimately whether to ticket or arrest and we really think that they should be using that discretion to ticket folks instead of arresting, especially when they have no prior offenses.”

Chief Monroe explained the checkpoint was scheduled after several robberies from Latinos. He said the event was planned to put more police presence in the area and to highlight the concern. 

"We have far too many concerns in the community than to be out here checking someone’s immigration status, that’s not what we’re here to do.”

Chief Monroe said in hindsight, the checkpoint was likely not the best option to address the situation, but he stressed that driving without a license is illegal and that checkpoints are viable ways to police the streets, especially to catch drunk drivers.

The coalition said this event was a good start to build a relationship and trust with the department but that it would like to see some action going forward.


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