PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 31: Police keep watch in an area near what was a heroin shooting gallery in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on July 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today was the first day of a long anticipated clean-up of one of the largest open air drug markets on the East Coast. Hundreds of outreach workers, city employees and Conrail workers started to clear an area of heroin users from a stretch of train tracks in Philadelphia's Kensington section known as El Campamento. Over 900 people died last year in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015. As the epidemic shows no signs of weakening, the number of fatalities this year is expected to surpass last year's numbers. Heroin use has doubled across the country since 2010, according to the DEA, part of an epidemic of opioid abuse that began in the 1990s, when doctors began prescribing higher doses of powerful painkillers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Many of us have heard the plight of African-Americans and the relationship or lack thereof with police officers in and around the Charlotte community. That’s one of the reasons the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants to hear from residents, especially the Black community, and their thoughts on police reform.
CMPD has created a seven-question survey that will help leadership map out a strategy for making changes within the department. Currently, the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign is underway. It’s a national initiative of eight policies that restrict the use of excessive police force.
CMPD officials say so far, the majority of feedback they received from their survey is from white women. In order to get a fair assessment of procedures, practices, and other ideas, they want to hear from more Black residents. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. CMPD says it wants to get input from all sectors of the community. Click here for the survey.
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