Law & Crime

Secure Commonwealth Panel
5:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Police Force & Body Cameras

As the public conversation continues about the appropriate use of police force, a number of state lawmakers are proposing the use of body-worn cameras by public safety personnel to document what happens during traffic stops and other interactions.

That has prompted a Secure Commonwealth Panel subcommittee to thoroughly examine all of the issues surrounding use of the cameras in the Commonwealth.  They turn out to be far more complex than just strapping on a camera and recording police business.
 

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Law & Crime
5:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Take on the Fight of the Pamunkey Tribe

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Virginia’s Pamunkey  Tribe was dealt a setback in its effort to gain federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Everyone knows Pocahontas, but do you know what tribe she hails from? Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians claim her as an ancestor. While Pocahontas and the Pamunkey have roots that predate the nation’s founding, the tribe isn’t recognized by the federal government because their records were destroyed early last century because a Virginia policy declared only two races: white and black.

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Law & Crime
7:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

General Assembly Reconvened: Drone Bill Debated

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Governor McAuliffe will soon have to decide whether to veto a bill that limits police use of drones without search warrants or accept the fact that the Senate decided to reject his amendments. That’s just one of the bills that the General Assembly debated today during its annual Reconvened Session.

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Law & Crime
4:02 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Why Risks Remain

It’s been eight years since a lone gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, then took his own life.  In that time, colleges and universities have made many changes designed to prevent future tragedies, but real and growing problems remain.

Media coverage of mass shootings in this country could help to head off future attacks by making people more likely to report evolving problems.  Allen Groves is Dean of Students at the University of Virginia.

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Part 2 of 3
4:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Preventing Future Tragedies

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It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.  

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.  

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”

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