Stiff sanctions rare for CMPD officers after shootings

– THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, JULY 17 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

The city has paid $3.4 million to families in settlements over the last decade in cases involving five shootings.

Despite the payments, which meant the cases never went to court, Charlotte officers have rarely been suspended or fired for their use of deadly force.

Seth Stoughton, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and a former police officer, said the U.S. Department of Justice questions police agencies that discipline officers so few times…