Month: September 2021

Q&A: Arthur Griffin talks about why he is returning to county politics

Nearly 20 years have passed since Arthur Griffin last held public office. Now at age 73, the former school board Chair says he will seek an at-large seat on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Griffin declared his candidacy last week during a meeting of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. After years of criticizing

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CMPD will test civilian response teams for some low-risk calls

At a time when policing tactics are being scrutinized nationwide, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will test whether some low-risk calls can be handled effectively by civilian teams. More specifically, CMPD will test whether a two-person team, made up of a mental health professional and an emergency medical technician (EMT), can defuse some low-risk 911 calls

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County set to begin Covid-19 booster shots

Starting today, Mecklenburg County Public Health will begin administering Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots to high-risk groups and frontline workers. Why it matters: Health experts say a third shot provides extra protection against Covid-19, which has killed more than 16,000 people in North Carolina. State data show that 64% of North Carolina’s adult population is fully

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