Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer-Involved Shootings
Police officers are trained to seek voluntary compliance through lawful direction. However, they are sometimes met with circumstances in which a subject’s actions compel them to use force in order to gain compliance. CMPD policy requires officers to report use of force incidents under a broad range of circumstances. Supervisors investigate and document each incident.
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Why We Post Officer Involved Shooting Information?
We post Officer Involved Shootings in an effort to create greater transparency of the actions of our employees. It is important to us that members of the community are informed whenever an officer discharges his/her firearm at a person and whether the shooting follows department policies and procedures. We believe that your trust and confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will increase as you understand what our officers encounter and how we hold them accountable for their actions. The CMPD is continuously reviewing and improving our practices to reduce the likelihood of deadly force incidents.
What is An Officer Involved Shooting?
An Officer Involved Shooting is the discharge of a firearm, whether accidental or intentional, by a police officer, whether on or off duty. For the purposes of this posting, an OIS will only refer to the instances in which an officer discharged a firearm at a person.
CMPD Officer-Involved Shootings –Individuals
There were 58 individuals involved in 55 officer-involved shootings that occurred during the ten-year period from 2007 to 2016. During this time frame, the number of individuals peaked in 2016 with 12 individuals, followed by the years 2013, 2010, and 2008, each involving 8 individuals. The lowest year was 2009 during which CMPD experienced no officer involved shootings.
From 2007 to 2016, the majority of individuals (27 out of 58 or 47%) involved in these shootings were black males between the ages of 17 and 33. Of the 58 individuals, 29% (17) suffered a fatal injury, 48% (28) suffered a non-fatal injury, and 22% (13) involved no injury.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recognizes and respects the integrity and paramount value of human life. Consistent with this primary value is the Department’s full commitment to only use force when it is reasonably necessary. In determining whether force is reasonably necessary, it must be taken into full consideration that officers may be forced to make split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving about the amount of force necessary in a particular situation.
Follow this link for more information on CMPD policies and procedures related to
Uses of Force.
The following is a complete list of OIS tables posted on the Charlotte Open Data Portal:
Officer Involved Shootings – Incidents: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables), year and month recorded, location, district attorney legal review status, descriptive narrative of incident
Officer Involved Shootings – Individuals: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables) as well as individual’s race, gender, age, and injury type
Officer Involved Shootings – Officers: contains INCIDENT_ID (for joining to other OIS tables) as well as officer’s race, gender, years of service, and CMPD policy violation status
Please note that the relationship of the Incidents table to the Individuals table is one-to-many, and the relationship of the Incidents table to the Officers table is one-to-many.Access and Use Constraints
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop the corporate database may be reflected in the data supplied. Users of this data must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. The City of Charlotte makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of any information archived.