police

City of Charlottesville

It’s been six months since RaShall Brackney took over as Charlottesville’s chief of police, and while she pledged to improve relations between the city’s black residents and its cops, critics say racial profiling remains a problem. 

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Across Virginia, and the country, police scanners are going quiet -- at least for the public.

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Last week, police in Richmond shot and killed an unarmed man who was charging at an officer. The incident has renewed calls for more transparency around policing.

Earlier this year, Richmond agreed to release monthly data on complaints against officers, as well as use of force by officers. But some community advocates are asking for more.

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Recent years have seen a growing sense of distrust between some members of the community and police. Now one Virginia congressman is trying to forge a new sense of cooperation.

BB or AirSoft Guns are popular holiday gifts for kids, but the CDC warns 30,000 people are injured each year by what some consider toys, and two police departments in Virginia are teaming up to prevent another problem – the risk that BB guns will be mistaken for deadly firearms. 

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