Richmond Police Chief Orders Review

June 08, 2020 - 9:27 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, VA _  Richmond Police Chief William Smith has launched an investigation into the department's use of force and other complaints received during recent protests stemming from the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.

Smith issued the following statement Monday evening:

"The Richmond Police Department has been collecting and analyzing information about the conduct of its officers. We have received several formal complaints which are being investigated, and that is just one component of our comprehensive review."

"I have ordered a review of our use of force and crowd management policies as well as all tactics used during the past week," Smith said. "Further, we will open a discussion with community leaders to advise us on how our policies, training and practices need to change to reflect the needs of our city, and I am personally committed to continuing the conversation on police reform with the community.”

“As you may know, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin has announced an investigation by her office into what happened during the demonstrations. I support this investigation and we are working quickly and thoroughly to ensure cooperation and full accountability. Again, I apologize for the release of tear gas last Monday.  It should not have happened.  I will provide the public with an update on the investigations and any disciplinary steps taken once they are complete and a determination is made by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office that allows such discussion.”