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Charlotte, N.C., faces aftermath of protests ignited by fatal police shooting; 12 officers injured

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings is set to address the City Council tonight and give an update on crime stats in the Queen City.

According to a report from WTVD:

The Gun Violence Archive reported 29 shootings that led to a death or injury in Durham this past summer, which is a 31% decrease from 2021.

Raleigh reported 30 shootings, the same number as in 2021.

Charlotte reported the highest number of shootings in the state this summer at 86, a 51% rise from the previous summer. Seven more shootings occurred in Fayetteville.

The executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence cites violence intervention programs for the decline in shootings in Durham and Greensboro. Charlotte has similar programs, but saw a massive spike in shootings.

According to the Washington Times:

Some of the most violent crimes in America are carried out by the youngest members of society, and those who deal with youth offenders say the trend won’t reverse anytime soon.

The startling surge of lawlessness began during the pandemic. In cities large and small that bear the brunt of the crime wave, leaders are finding no easy solutions.

Meanwhile, CMPD says it is changing the way it interacts with media. As WBT’s Mark Garrison explained in a recent episode of Charlotte At Six… it’s basically to ignore request for information.