- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the decision to arrest a suspect during a worship service was a “failure in leadership” and “indefensible.”

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1rVnCbA) Chief Kerr Putney told a community meeting that while the arresting detectives had legal authority to make the arrest at the church, they exercised poor judgment in doing so.

Police arrested 58-year-old Duncan Gray during services at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on April 17 and charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Gray was released from jail that day with bail set at $50,000.

Members of Charlotte’s black clergy were upset after the arrest, asking why detectives couldn’t have arrested Gray at home or elsewhere. Putney said he apologized to the church’s pastor.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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