National Night Out Events Held to Unite Neighbors and Local Law Enforcement

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police host more than 70 events throughout the area.

Community and police relations are certainly a priority topic in America right now. Too many fatal shootings between police and civilians have happened in the last month, from the incident in Dallas, Texas (there's more than one, but this is the biggie most people are talking about) to those in Louisiana. It's a nationwide issue that have political leaders and high-profile community members talking, including Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan. The hostility fueling these incidents is high to say the least, and has many people on edge with uncertainty of what's to come next, and is fueling conversation about the presidential candidates and their positions.

National Night Out is today, Aug. 2, 2016. The annual day is designated as a time for members of the community and local law enforcement to come together and discuss police-community crime prevention and unity. This year, more than 70 events are planned throughout the Charlotte area, and seem more relevant and needed than ever given the recent events. To show your support for neighborhood awareness and unity, attend an event and leave your porch light on to show support.

WBTV is also hosting a primetime special about community violence tonight. Tune in at 8 p.m. for “WBTV On Your Side: Community Conversation” on WBTV, Bounce and streaming across WBTV digital products. WBTV anchors Molly Grantham and Steve Crump reached out to a variety of local leaders, including Patrick Graham, president/CEO of Urban League of Central Carolinas; and CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney to talk about issues facing our communities in this one-hour primetime special. They also visited a few spots in Charlotte to hear from the general public. The goal is to candidly discuss uncomfortably difficult topics like race relations and identify ways to improve our communities. Your ideas are also welcome. Share them directly with WBTV or on social media using #WBTVandMe.