Public Safety (page 20)

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    The Charlotte Fire Department gets even more dysfunctional

    Hard to believe but true. Chief Jon Hannan has been placed on probation for three months after leaking a personnel file item related to Marty Puckett, a Hannan critic and the vice president of the Charlotte Firefighters Association Local 660. The file was a demand that Puckett stop working…
    Michael Lowrey, April 6, 2016
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    Charlotte City Council gets a bit dysfunctional

    OK, maybe a lot dysfunctional. Per the UPoR: Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield said fellow council member Claire Fallon has been a “constant negative impact” on the City Council and city, and Mayfield has asked her colleagues to explore whether they could discipline her. Mayfield sent the…
    Michael Lowrey, March 10, 2016
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    Predicting bad police behavior

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is working with University of Chicago researchers to predict and prevent abusing police behavior. The Charlotte Observer provides an informative update on the initiative: [CMPD Chief Kerr] Putney appears on board. “This gives us a more holistic picture,” he says. We remain on the cutting…
    Michael Lowrey, March 2, 2016
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    Meanwhile in Philadelphia…

    Philly’s latest contribution for the “what are they thinking” file, per A new bill from Philly City Councilman Mark Squilla would require owners of nightclubs, cabarets, bars and restaurants in the city to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of entertainers — bands, rappers and DJs…
    Michael Lowrey, January 28, 2016
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    Questionable local ordinance of the moment

    As the Fayetteville Observer reports, Fayetteville is considering a ordinance imposing a reporting requirement of a sort for “house parties”: Last week, the council gave preliminary approval to the latest version, which would impose a $500 civil penalty to the tenant if police respond to a second disturbance call…
    Michael Lowrey, January 10, 2016
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s hopes for his bill to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States until adequate safeguards are put in place. Barry Smith reports on this week’s legislative hearing on a controversial state…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2015
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    Don’t Count Millennials Out

      It’s election day for Raleigh. And by this time, you’ve certainly heard a lot of talk about the future of our city. You’ve heard about vibrancy. You’ve heard about regulation. You’ve heard about resident complaints. No doubt, you’ve heard more than you wanted to. (And if you haven’t, then…
    Kari Travis, October 6, 2015
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    Gov. Pat McCrory signs law allowing for armed security at Guard offices

    Gov. Pat McCrory Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that would allow certain members of the National Guard to carry weapons in public places, such as recruiting centers and armories. “We must fulfill our obligation to protect those who protect us,” McCrory said. “This law will…
    Barry Smith, August 18, 2015