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‘Not defunded but reallocated’ | City reviews how CMPD responds to 911 calls

WCNC Charlotte's Defenders find hundreds of hours are being spent responding to non-emergencies as the city hits its highest homicide rate in years.

Alex Shabad

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An exclusive WCNC Charlotte Defenders investigation found Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers are frequently tied up responding to non-emergency calls instead of fighting violent crimes.

These findings come as the Queen City's homicide rate is already higher than it’s been in five years with about a month still left in 2020. Charlotte has seen 104 homicides in 2020 as of Nov. 25. Comparatively, there were 103 total homicides in 2019 which was already nearly double the homicide rate in 2018 of 57.