Councilmembers Tell Chief To Cut Back DUI Enforcement In Immigrant Neighborhoods

City Councilman and Black Lives Matter activist Braxton Winston said police should be more sensitive to immigrants.

Charlotte, NC – Democratic members of the Charlotte City Council have asked the city’s police force to back off their efforts to enforce impaired driving laws in areas where large numbers of illegal immigrants reside.

The councilmembers urged the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to “cut back” on traffic checkpoints and overall drunk-driving enforcement in those areas, because it “makes illegal immigrants nervous to see the cops,” WBT reported.

Their suggestion was made during Monday’s city council meeting, after CMPD asked the city council to approve their routine traffic checkpoint grant.

The locations for the various checkpoints are determined by analyzing accident data to identify where high concentrations of drunk driving incidents and speed violations are occurring, WBT reported.

But during the meeting, Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston demanded to know why the CMPD had conducted a checkpoint on Central Avenue during the week of Feb. 4, during the same timeframe that Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents were rounding up at least a dozen illegal aliens in the same area.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Jeff Estes told Winston that his department had no prior knowledge of the simultaneous ICE operation, and denied having coordinated with federal authorities before the checkpoint was established.

“Every checkpoint we do is with the motoring public’s safety in mind, nothing to do with any other type of enforcement,” Chief Estes explained.

But that answer wasn’t enough for Winston, a Black Lives Matter activist who has accused CMPD of racism and brutality in the past, according to CNN.

He declared that the department should be more sensitive to illegal immigrants, and told them they should avoid establishing checkpoints in immigrant neighborhoods or anywhere near areas where federal agents are also conducting operations, WBT reported.

“I understand our CMPD might have been using it to try to make our community safer, but it…continues to erode the trust within our immigrant communities that are highly concentrated right in that area,” Winston said.

“It makes it hard for us to execute on these promises of bridging differences,” he added.

Council member Larken Egleston said that focusing on traffic safety is important, but that making sure immigrants don’t think that the police are working with ICE is even more so.

“You know what? This week, that might not be as important as maintaining the trust in our community – particularly our immigrant community – and not allowing that narrative to be fed that we are somehow partnering with federal agents,” Egleston said.

Republican Council member Edmund Driggs countered Egleston and Winston, and said that their logic was “utterly twisted.”

“I’m sure there are people who will be excited by your dark insinuation,” Driggs said.

“CMPD has a job to do,” he added. “This has been politicized and distorted in a way that undermines the ability of CMPD to do their mission.”

The city council ultimately voted to approve the grant, but Winston did request that the city manager arrange a meeting for him with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney so he could further discuss his suggestion of keeping traffic checkpoints out of immigrant neighborhoods, WBT reported.

It was unclear if a meeting has been scheduled.

Comments (61)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Oh yes, great idea! Let these drunk/ignorant immigrant drivers loose on the road and let them kill people or ruin the lives of other people - just so they are not afraid of our LEOs. If they are here legally, they don't have to be afraid of law enforcement. (I just love his hairdo ... NOT!)

BobIn704
BobIn704

SCREW THAT...this punk has been trying to break laws since day one. I would ensure we have MORE POLICE presence and arrest ANY ILLEGAL period!

BobIn704
BobIn704

PS - he should work this hard on his MARRAGE instead of getting divorice, but if I was her I would divorce his cocky ass as well.

Rayban705
Rayban705

Why would anyone listen to someone as ignorant as him? Hey buddy, suck it up and own the fact you're getting a divorce, stop running and hiding like some little b**ch. Let the police do their job, if there are reasons to set up checkpoints in these areas the police should be there - period.

JBo
JBo

Forget the accident data that DUI checkpoints are based on. Don't enforce DUI laws on immigrants and let the problem work itself out.

Bstn
Bstn

Lord have Mercy another idiot putting illegals "feelings" over protecting the lives of citizens (and in this case over illegals lives too). Its a proven fact here in CA that illegal Mexicans are involved in the majority of H&R accidents here and the reasons they run after hitting another car or pedestrian..they are drunk, they have no drivers license, no insurance, and their cars are not registered..(Thus the reason CA now will issue them licenses but which hasnt decreased the amount of H&R t/c's) .Who pays for them fleeing the scenes, the victim and the rest of us by paying higher insurance premiums. Good luck to the residents in this SC town with this Cop hating, legal citizen hating idiot on their counsel!! :(

flagwaver
flagwaver

He must be related to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His brain is on the same wave length which is about as bright as a burned out bulb

b1rd
b1rd

That was about STUPID.

patm
patm

If one of my family members were killed by an illegal drunk driver bc of this idiot, I would personally sue him for everything he has, another anti-American POS 💩

Jones24
Jones24

Wow. If he or his family are hurt by this idiotic decision, better not blame police.

Grog
Grog

===[......it “makes illegal immigrants nervous to see the cops,” WBT reported.]=== GOOD! They should feel nervous! That's better than LEGAL citizens feeling DEAD!!! Keep enforcing the law Chief!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

So drunken immigrants are more important than everyone else? F*ck their feelings!

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is the result of electing people who don't have the concerns of ALL people in mind.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

WELL OF COURSE they are nervous....and they SHOULD BE....AFTER ALL THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW just by being here ILLEGALLY....DAH!!!!!! What does that word mean if it doesn't mean BREAKING THE LAW???

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

Criminals have more rights than Law Abiding Citizens! Now illegal immigrants have more rights than Law Abiding Citizens! So let's let illegals and others drive drunk so the illegals don't get nervous. Their nerves are more important than the Lives of our children! Almost all of Law Enforcement has policy's that they can't work with ICE! If they don't work with a Federal Agent then they need to go! American's that's Law Abiding has less rights than anyone in the world! Things won't change until"We The People" demand our Government to start doing the job they were Voted in to do. The one's who promise to do something to get your vote and then don't keep their promise should be removed. The people needs a way to Impeach the one's who is just there for the money! Term Limits!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So by cutting back in immigrant neighborhoods is fair to whom? The immigrants? Fuck that shit. Being A drunk asshole behind the wheel knows no prejudice when you harm or kill someone. Don’t matter if you’re an immigrant, a citizen, or a visitor, drunk is drunk and you should be arrested and prosecuted.

Chuckiesy
Chuckiesy

This is so utterly redicules. ICE should raid those places and make sure to get the criminal illegals. Deport them to their own countries. This guy is worried about some illegal alien but could not care less about the American citizen being injured or even killed. Where are his priorities.?

Brechlintom2
Brechlintom2

Attention drunks ... drink in these areas and you'll get a free pass? Or is it just for illegals?

Stanracer
Stanracer

How did a Black lives matter, police hating, racist terrorist get voted onto a city councel?

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I'm wondering if this councilman's opinion would change if a drunk driving illegal alien, who had no license, no insurance, and was three times over the legal limit, plowed through a black school playground during recess killing 18 children under the age of 7. I wonder what he'd have to say then?

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Nasty hair, creatures crawling thur the ears... Towns should just go back and be in the county.... City mayor's and councilidiots.

Katarina
Katarina

Winston is like a piece of gum stuck on the bottom of a shoe, Completely irrelevant, but a major annoyance., He has nothing useful to add to make the meeting productive, so pulls crap like this to feel important,.

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

I support them wholeheartedly. I've been planning on robbing some banks and savings and loans, and the presence of cops makes me nervous too. I'm going straight to my City Council. They need to talk to the Police Chief and make sure I'm not traumatized by them racist gun toting civil servants. I think I'll insist they dont carry guns too. I should be the only one carrying a gun, would make me much less nervous.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Well, so much for that up and coming joint effort with DEA and ATF in Braxton’s neighbors, huh?!?! What a coincident that would’ve been.

Douglas71
Douglas71

Was anything not mentioned about the black naborhoods. being cut back on. Why not?

DRTice
DRTice

Send ICE in there to clean these areas out. Arrest anyone who tries to protect them.

Jsulli3001
Jsulli3001

What a joke ! Protect ILLEGALS!

OldVet
OldVet

This city councilman is a IDIOT

artw44
artw44

I am sorry, but I could care less if illegals are scared of the police!

dennodogg
dennodogg

"Where do we get such men....." ?

LPD133
LPD133

This guy is a joke. The problem will be solved as soon as ICE has removed all illegal aliens from the area. Of course this guy will then find another reason to deride law enforcement. I bet there are a lot of good officers there looking for positions at other departments now.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

City Councilman and Black Lives Matter activist Braxton Winston

"BLM Activist " like that is something you would proudly list on your resume as if it were a "job" ...and BTW get rid of the "Predator " haircut and maybe someone would take him seriously. .....That said ....you need to start thinking bigger picture and realize you represent ALL of the people, not just those few who you have a vested interest in protecting Councilman.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

The council lives in areas where crime is not an issue. Mecklenburg county is a mini chicago due to gang takeover n illegals r everywhere. I live next door n local news reports shootings home invasions n murders DAILY..awful what demonrats do to cities they takeover. But this is your 30 yr old age voters.idiots all of them

bronx163
bronx163

Chief should told BLM retard city council retard, as police eofficer we take an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemys, foreign and domestic. That means we enforce enforcement of violators who enter America illegally.

Looks like NC has blue state cancer cells in its governments.

This is what happens when shitbag libs leave ny nj ct vt marryland, pa, and set up lives in red states and being their commie mentality and high taxes agenda. Wake up NC. STOP THE SPREAD OF NY COMMIE AGENDA.

gaggerocyn
gaggerocyn

my FATHER was killed by a drunk driver & that night 9 kids all became fatherless (4 of my dads, 5 on the drunk mans side). and you are telling me to go EASY on drunk immigrant drivers??!!!! WWWHHHYYYY???? So now they don't need to follow are laws & laws of keeping Americans SAFE?! WTF IS THE MATTER WITH YOU??! THIS INFURIATES ME TO THE CORE, AND NEEDS TO STOP. This extreme left BS? I have had ENOUGH. KICK THEM ALL OUT, THEN FINISH OUR WALL!

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

Why give this windbag airtime, we don't care what he thinks, who were the airheads that voted him in to start with, another word is me radical

JW Rock
JW Rock

A) Wouldn't scheduling any police operations according to who lives in the neighborhood be considered discrimination? & B) Why would someone who openly claims to be an activist for BLM be allowed to hold a seat on the city council? If me memory serves me correctly they were ruled a criminal organization after their participation in several riots. Does the KKK have a member on their city council too?

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This is ridiculous! The guys a complete dumba$$! How about they just quit drinking to impairment! My God! How many lives have been lost to DUI's?

floobrooks
floobrooks

So this fool wants police to stay out of neighborhoods with known criminals, how bizarre. And criminals get scared when they see cops? That's the idea they should. This fruitcake IS nutty!