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CMPD chief addresses police department policies

The news conference comes on the seventh day of protests in Charlotte following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief of Police Kerr Putney addresses CMPD's neglect of duty policy, which will now include a duty to act section.

The new language in the policy now says, "Officers will take appropriate and immediate action in any situation in which they know or should have known their failure to act would result in an excessive response to resistance or egregious behavior which shocks the conscience."

As we reported Monday, Safe Coalition NC first requested a duty to intervene policy a year ago.

“That will be a full-fledged policy enhancement this week,” the chief said.

The new policy won't likely be the only change to follow George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis and subsequent protests in Charlotte and nationwide.

Following the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in 2016 and the protests that followed, the City of Charlotte paid the National Police Foundation hundreds of thousands of dollars to take a hard look at CMPD's actions.

CMPD Public Affairs Director Rob Tufano is the voice you hear asking questions during a virtual news conference where reporters used a text chat function to submit questions.

The news conference comes on the seventh day of protests in Charlotte following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

The four now-former Minneapolis Police Department officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, where one officer kept a knee pressed on Floyd's throat for over 8 minutes, are facing charges.

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