Residents Call for Police Accountability at Community Forum

Residents Call for Police Accountability at Community Forum

Richmond residents share stories of police misconduct and push for Civilian Review Board


Richmond, VA--
On Tuesday, November 14th, about 50 community members gathered at Richmond Public Library Main Branch in support of the police accountability campaign. The community is calling for a city-wide Civilian Review Board with subpoena power to  investigate violations of the police code of conduct and to build trust and transparency between the community and law enforcement. Members from the Legal Aid Justice Center presented data on Richmond Police Department’s (RPD) policing practices. Multiple community members shared personal stories of Richmond Police Department misconduct; particularly instances of harassment, racial profiling and discrimination.

“Recently, I was pulled over because my 3rd brake light was out,” said Todd Adams of Richmond. “A routine traffic stop resulted in my friend, myself and my entire car being searched for drugs, guns, and alcohol. Needless to say they found nothing. These practices of harassment without cause has  diminished trust between the police and community it is sworn to protect.”

Complaints against RPD are investigated by an Internal Review Board- creating a culture of “self-policing” that lacks transparency and credibility. Heavily policed communities, communities of color, low-income communities, and the LGBTQ community, are calling for a fair standard of accountability to bring attention - and an end - to individual and systemic police abuses that harm our communities.

“We need better police accountability in Richmond,” said As-saddique Abdul-Rahman, Community Organizer for New Virginia Majority. “Richmond residents, particularly in poor Black communities, share similar stories of discrimination at the hands of law enforcement sworn to serve and protect all and it’s up to the community to address it.”

 

New Virginia Majority will continue to hold meetings throughout the community to raise awareness and support for increased police accountability.

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Statement by New Virginia Majority on 2017 General Election Results


Statement by New Virginia Majority on 2017 General Election Results

This is the new majority.

The results of tonight’s historic election -- 3 statewide races and at least 15 House of Delegates seats -- represent an undeniable rejection of Trump and Trumpism and the emergence of a new majority that will transform this state and country in the decades to come.

We congratulate Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, and all of our endorsed candidates who are part of this turning point in Virginia’s history. 

We especially congratulate Danica Roem on her historic win as one of the first transgender state legislators in U.S. history as well as Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman, the first Latinas, and Kathy Tran, among the first Asian American women, elected to the House of Delegates.

Make no mistake. Tonight’s victory will be claimed by many. But it belongs to our communities — people of color, immigrants, working people, women, LGBTQ people, students, youth, and more -- who, in the face of relentless, vicious attacks, have been the driving force for progress in Virginia. Our communities turned out to vote in huge numbers to make our voices heard loud and clear: Hate won’t win here. Hate lost.

We will continue to do the deep organizing around the most urgent issues facing us: healthcare, education, criminal justice reform, immigrant justice, and more.

We celebrate tonight’s victory. Now the real work begins. Let’s get started.

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