America is struggling to recover financially from a global pandemic. Americans have lost loved ones to COVID19. The world has witnessed the horrific death of #GeorgeFloyd at the hands police brutality in Minneapolis— cities in America are burning to the ground, experiencing looting and rioting. Our own Queen City has been targeted by Antifa like groups who are hijacking the peaceful protests for #GeorgeFloyd. Charlotte businesses are being vandalized and looted. Our city council is meeting to start defunding the police department!!! NC Governor Roy Cooper is supporting rioters damaging property over NC business owners in his latest tweet. Furthermore, Cooper is refusing to negotiate with the RNC, causing an already devastated Queen City economy to lose over 100 million in revenue. What in the world is going on? We need voices of reason to speak truth into this chaos.
Cindy Decker is one of those rare voices.
Decker is Lead Ambassador for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Ambassador Program. Decker was compelled to find a way to save Charlotte after the 2016 Charlotte Riots ignited over the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Decker discovered decades of failed policies affecting our most vulnerable communities. Seeing the toll taken on law enforcement officers, she sought out Charlotte’s Chief of Police to find out how to build a stronger relationship between community and police. Together, they created CMPD Ambassadors. The program has a series of trainings to give community members tools to build bridges across diverse communities, develop communication & conflict resolution skills, mediation tactics, understand local government, know Charlotte’s great history so the Ambassadors can be excellent hosts, and serve alongside CMPD for major sports events, conventions as well as being an extra set of eyes and ears during protests. So far, 450 residents are part of the program. Visit BridgeTheDifferenceNC.com to join the effort.