Law and Crime

Police Force & Body Cameras

Apr 21, 2015

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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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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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.

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Why Risks Remain

Apr 15, 2015

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.

After the tragedy at Virginia Tech eight years ago today, people all over the world sent messages of sympathy: handmade cards, letters, mementos and more.  A new web documentary explores this modern mourning ritual, that’s becoming part of our culture. It’s called, “The Story of the Stuff.” 

Ashley Maynor was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Now a filmmaker and digital librarian at the University of Tennessee, she was on campus in Blacksburg when the sympathy cards and gifts – more than 90 thousands packages from 80 countries, started coming in.

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