NEWSmie Charlotte Post
Thiursday, January 30,1997
MOBILE VIDEO RECORDERS CAMPAIGN
Dear Charlotte Post Readers:
We represent a group of African-American citizens who have launched a campaign to put mobile video
recorders in police cars. Our goal is to raise enough money from the African-American community to
purchase video cameras to be placed in the first 25 police cars. We need your financial support to help
reach our goal. Our hope is that everyone in Charlotte - businesses, individuals and organizations
- will join this campaign so that eventually video cameras will be installed m all police cars.
We initiated this effort because it is a positive way to help deal with the pain of the recent shooting of
James Willie Cooper and to provide an opportunity for the African-American community to help itself
Mr. Cooper was another in a number of unarmed black motorist killed by a police officer. We feel that
the video cameras will provide protection for both police officers and citizens. This effort has a broad
base of support and will help build trust between the police department and the African-American
Charlotte has a history of working through it problems in a positive manner. The entire country has
heard about our new effort. Our city is described as a city of hope and optimism, where people take
pride in working together to create opportunities and solve problems.
Installing video cameras is not the only answer to this problem, but it’s one step toward making positive
change. With your financial support we all can make a difference. We would like to hear from
individuals, families, community organizations, social groups, churches, fraternities, sororities, senior
adult groups as well as youth groups. Any amount you can give is important to this campaign.
Please send your donation today to:
Mechanics and Farmers Bank
Attn: Yvonne Harrington
101 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
The Mobile Video Recorders Campaign will help our city move forward in a positive direction.
Together we can make history and show the rest of the country why Charlotte is a city of hope and
optimism. We can reach our goal by working together!
Post Office Box 35422 •Charlotte •NC •28235