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Student Leader's Bloody Arrest Sparks Outrage at UVA

Mar 19, 2015
Black Dot

A Virginia State Police investigation is underway regarding the March 18th arrest of an honored UVA student in Charlottesville by state ABC officers.  During the incident, the student was injured and a picture of him on the ground and bleeding from the head spread quickly on social media.

Governor Terry McAullife has ordered an administrative review, and at the request of the City of Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney, a criminal investigation is also underway.

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Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

Shining a Light on VA's Death Row

Mar 18, 2015

This week civic groups and nonprofits are taking a closer look at the importance of open government and freedom of information for Sunshine week.  

Sunshine is absent in the death chambers of Virginia, where the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Policies and procedures outlining the process are concealed from view. Training manuals are closely guarded. Even specific details about how executions are carried out are kept secret. 

"I'm not clear what there is to hide here."

Cracking Down on Cyber Bullying

Mar 16, 2015

In the future, Virginia will pass laws to help prevent and punish cyber-bullying if the Bedford County Sheriff gets his way. 

Sheriff Mike Brown was shocked by cases of tragic suicides that have followed bullying on the Internet and social media, so he is raising public awareness in the meantime. 

Brown plans to distribute DVDs that educate people about cyber-bullying to every school in the Commonwealth.

The sheriff said cyber-bullying goes on 24 hours a day and usually begins at school.

Charlottesville Aims Hidden Cameras On Own Workers

Mar 9, 2015
Hawes Spencer

Charlottesville Police have planted as many as a dozen hidden cameras over the past few years – not to watch for criminals but to keep an eye on city employees.

 

When city police identified a suspect in the disappearance of  University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Chief Tim Longo gave credit to security cameras that keep watch on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, and he recently convinced City Council to consider adding more video surveillance. Now, we've learned that Longo approved training secret cameras on city workers.



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