Charlotte approves $4 million to upgrade CMPD stun guns, body cameras

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte’s city council voted Monday night to approve millions of dollars for new stun guns and body cameras for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The city said more than 1,700 stun guns need to be replaced. The new ones will have a lifespan of five years, and better video and audio quality as well.

The total cost for the upgrades is around $4 million.

City council will also get an update on city ordinances. Channel 9 first reported in December that CMPD had asked all officers to stop criminally enforcing city ordinances due to a change in state law.

Also on Monday, the Charlotte City Council sign off on $19 million in COVID-19 relief aid. The funding includes $5 million for small businesses, $4 million to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority for tourism, and $1.5 million to build a local food production and distribution facility in west Charlotte.

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