Local media has just reported that Richmond Interim Police Chief William “Jody” Blackwell “stepped down” today and will return to his position as a major in the police department. The undersigned organizations welcome this development and call for meaningful community input into the selection of both the next interim and permanent police chiefs.
RICHMOND, VA, June 23 – Updated June 25 — More than three months after COVID-19 cases first began emerging in Virginia, Sheriff Antionette Irving says she’s finally moving to test inmates and staff at the Richmond city jail.
RICHMOND, VA, June 22 — More than 150 young people active in Richmond’s Black Lives Matter protest movement tonight defied orders from the city and state to leave the liberated zone surrounding the Monument Avenue statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The area has recently been renamed Marcus-David Peters Circle in order of the young high school teacher who was experiencing a mental health crisis when he was gunned down two years ago by a Richmond cop.
RICHMOND, VA, June 20 — On a day when armed, right-wing organizations had threatened to mass in Richmond, the biggest threat that emerged turned out to come from the Richmond police.
RICHMOND, VA, June 22 — The editor of The Virginia Defender, one of more than a dozen speakers at this evening’s online meeting of Richmond City Council, demanded real input from the community in the selection of the next chief of police. He also challenged all members of council to join him after the meeting at the liberated zone of the Marcus-David Peters Circle, which police were expected to attempt to sweep at sundown.
In an impressive display of solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, protesters in more than 50 cars circled in front of the Richmond city jail this afternoon, honking horns and displaying signs demanding that inmates be released to protect them from the COVID 19 virus that has already shown up in prisons across Virginia.
Regular readers of the Defender should be familiar with the case of Jermaine Doss of Norfolk, who was sent to prison in 2000 in connection with the shooting death of Norfolk businessman James Webb.