Citizens Review Board votes against CMPD's handling of James Yarborough case

Charlotte's Citizens Review Board voted 7-1 against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police's internal investigation of a high-profile arrest in 2016.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the first time in its 20-year history, Charlotte's Citizens Review Board disagreed with the findings of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. 

On Tuesday, the CRB announced that it voted 7-3 against with the chief Kerr Putney's internal investigation into the March 2016 arrest of James Yarborough, according to city officials. 

A body camera worn by officer John Dunham captured Dunham pulling Yarborough to the ground before pointing a gun at his head and saying, "I will kill you."

RELATED: CMPD body cam footage released in use of force case.

Putney said in 2016 that putting the gun directly against the body of any suspect is not department policy and the language used by the officer was wrong.

"There is no use of force that's going to play well. They just don't look good," Putney said following the arrest.

CMPD released the following statement Tuesday in response to the CRB's ruling:

Since the Citizens Review Board heard the initial appeal of this case, CMPD has made policy changes in response to concerns raised by board members. Those include:

  • Creating a unit to randomly audit body worn camera video from all officers with the intent of identifying organizational training gaps and individual policy violations.
  • Giving immediate attention to tactical concerns noted in use-of-force cases, regardless of whether policy violations also are involved.
  • Treating all complaints brought to CMPD Headquarters or a Division Office in person, as formal complaints, any time they involve issues reviewable by the Citizens Review Board.
  • Completing and adjudicating internal investigations, even if officers leave CMPD before the process is completed.

Chief Kerr Putney welcomes any recommendations the board sees fit to make and is committed to fully reviewing each of those to determine whether they can help us more effectively serve our community. 

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