- 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.

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

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