• CMPD wants tax dollars for gear

    By: Jason Stoogenke


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte got $50 million for security surrounding the Democratic National Convention.

    Now, just weeks later, Channel 9 noticed the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wants tax dollars for items which look like the kind police landed for the convention.

    Police aren't talking about it at this point. They say they won't discuss anything before City Council votes on the money Monday.

    CMPD wants more than $560,000 for SWAT tactical gear and for its helicopters.

    These requests aren't usually controversial, but they're coming just weeks after the DNC.

    It's not clear how much of that money went directly to CMPD, and it's not clear how CMPD spent the money.

    Police plan to release that list in a few weeks.

    Why should we pay anything else? Why should we pay anything more? We shouldn't have to pay a thing," said Don Myers.

    At least one council member said his first impression is that the convention money would have covered some of these items, but he still has to review all of the request materials for Monday's meeting.

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