Since the killing of an unarmed man by a police officer in September, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have faced questions on two fronts, says the Charlotte Observer: Are officers properly trained to use deadly force? And, because the killing involved a black victim and a white officer, do police get enough diversity training? Police Chief Rodney Monroe says his department is conducting a “realistic review” of training procedures.
Monroe says the agency's cultural diversity curriculum exceeds state standards and is more extensive than many other police departments. He also defended the use-of-force training. Randall Kerrick, the officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the Sept. 14 killing of Jonathon Ferrell, had not been through this training at the time of the shooting. The police department doesn't reflect Charlotte's growing diversity. Officers are 70 percent white, 20 percent black and 6 to 8 percent Hispanic. Charlotte is 50 percent white, 35 percent black and 13.1 percent Hispanic.