Mecklenburg County’s Newly Appointed District Attorney Speaks
By PRISCILLA JOHNSON
CHARLOTTE, NC - On a cold Saturday morning, with temperature hovering around 19 degrees, Pastor Esdras T. Cruz and members of New Haven Community Church of Charlotte opened their doors to “Voices 4 the People.” The organization was founded by Blanche Penn, Linda Cruz, and Deshauna McLamb in an effort to monitor and hold Mecklenburg’s elected officials accountable.
On Saturday, January 6, 2018, Mecklenburg’s first African American District Attorney, Spencer Merriweather III became their first guest.
The crowd of fifty- plus, excited by his appearance, had many questions for the newly appointed D.A. As a result, Merriweather clearly explained such topics as investigations and prosecution of various crimes. Included were issues of crime prevention, outreach, careers, and education. One concern clearly on the DA’s mind, and the first of many topics was the city’s increase in crime.
Merriweather spoke of his concern about domestic violence, particularly among young perpetrators and their victims. He often emphasized how important community input is when combating crime, establishing outreach and educational programs.
As his presentation was coming to a close, DA Merriweather was asked by attendees to return for another session to which he agreed, but not before reiterating, “District attorneys are integral to our legal system and I represent all citizens of Mecklenburg County, trying cases against criminals and developing outreach and prevention programs.” “However, our legal and justice systems cannot do it along. We need your support and we need community support. Thank You”
The next meeting is scheduled for February 10th @ 10:00 am. For additional information, “The Voice 4 the People can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (704) 293-8648.