Meck County sheriff, CMPD chief address police reform during virtual town hall

CHARLOTTE — Channel 9 has reported for months that communities in our area have seen protests for justice and better policing.

Channel 9 government reporter Joe Bruno and Charlotte Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera hosted a virtual town hall meeting Thursday with CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings and Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden.

During “Straight Talk on Police and Justice System Reform,” leaders answered community members' questions on police funding, mental health training and community relations.

“If we had a magic button to change everything, we would,” McFadden said. “But we’re simply always asking for help and helping us change this -- and knowing who we are. Come in and have a conversation with us and come and talk to us.”

McFadden and Jennings laid out ways they’ve worked to improve their departments since they took office.

>> Watch the video at the top of this page to learn more about what was discussed during the town hall.