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Revised Statement on Police Civilian Review Board

Post Date:04/30/2019 6:00 PM
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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
April 30, 2019

Statement on Police Civilian Review Board

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville released a statement on April 26, 2019 regarding the City’s initial Police Civilian Review Board. The statement was in response to an April 24, 2019, Daily Progress story headlined, “Police board: Chief won’t set public meeting”. Within the body of the story, the following paragraph appeared, “Bowers said the CRB tried to set up a meeting in April but was unsuccessful. He said he reached out to the chief on Monday offering a meeting any time in June. He was told that Brackney wasn’t available in June.”

The City retracts its statement that a CRB member falsely stated that Charlottesville Police Chief, Dr. RaShall Brackney refused to meet or was not available to meet for the entire month of June. Specifically, there is no record that a member of the CRB made a statement that Chief Brackney could not meet for the entire month of June at the CRB’s April 23, 2019 meeting. The City regrets suggesting in its previous communication that a CRB member made such a statement or that they inaccurately characterized Chief Brackney’s availability for the entire month of June.

City officials have discussed a retraction by the Daily Progress, and newspaper officials have stated they are confident in the reporting.

The purpose of the City’s April 26, 2019 statement was to clarify that Chief Brackney never stated she was unavailable to meet with the CRB for the entire month of June as implied by the April 24, 2019 Daily Progress story and to publicly clarify the next steps communicated by the City Council.

City officials will continue to work on the next steps outlined in our previous communication as we continue the work to form a permanent review board.

The next steps for the CRB as outlined in the City's previous communication are below.

On Thursday, April 25, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Heather Hill communicated to the CRB the following next steps:

  • Charlottesville City Council will directly solicit feedback on the proposed CRB bylaws from the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Charlottesville Police Department.
  • At a Council meeting in June 2019, the CRB should present its deliverables including a final report, draft bylaws, a draft ordinance, and recommendations on budget and staffing. 
  • Council feels the appropriate timing for a Memorandum of Understanding between the CRB and the Police Department is after an ordinance and bylaws are endorsed.
  • While the existing CRB terms will not be extended, Council does anticipate engaging with members of the CRB as well as other stakeholders and the public after June. Council will continue to evaluate next steps, including a public work session, as it strives to get these materials to a place where an ordinance and bylaws can be finalized/approved in a timely manner.
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