We are seeing a wave of protests around the country and in the QC. Some applaud the police response. Many others criticize police responses in cities like New York. How is CMPD doing?
We reached out to an expert on policing, Dr. Anita Bledsoe Gardner, Associate Professor of criminology at Johnson C. Smith University. She appeared on QC@3 to provide an assessment of criminal justice amidst protest in the QC. She says CMPD is doing a good job responding to protesters on the heels of the George Floyd death. In the long term, Dr. Bledsoe Gardner says there is work to be done. She conducted a study on policing in West Charlotte, funded by a Ford Grant. Dr. Bledsoe Gardner discovered that residents in West Charlotte are distrustful of police officers working in their neighborhoods. On QC@3 Dr. Bledsoe-Gardner also questions the sub-stations set up throughout the West End. Are they doing the job they were designed to do? In the end, the JCSU criminologist believes programs designed to strengthen the communication between community members and the police department show promise.