Law and Crime

Missing Mexican Students
7:51 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Families of Missing Mexican Students Stop in Richmond Seeking Justice

It’s been more than six months since 43 Mexican college students disappeared, and public protests continue in that country.  This month, they spilled into Virginia, with three family members touring and talking with Americans. 

With music, food and conversation, Richmond welcomed three people from a larger group called Caravan 43 – relatives of missing college students who are fanning out across the U.S. this month.

“Buenos dias.  Me jamo es Anayeli Guerrero.”

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Sexual Assault Policy Changes
6:11 am
Thu April 2, 2015

UVA Implements New Sexual Misconduct Policy

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.  

UVA spent about a year trying to figure out how it could better handle cases of sexual assault, harassment, and stalking, after the U.S. Department of Education said the school might be guilty of discrimination based on gender.  That announcement came after a former student said she was raped in 2011 and that administrators botched an investigation, losing key evidence.

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Law & Crime
9:31 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Police Find No Evidence to Support Rape Detailed in Rolling Stone

Phi Kappa Psi house at UVA

Charlottesville Police have suspended their investigation of a possible fraternity house rape at the University of Virginia – the subject of a Rolling Stone magazine article that was discredited. The cops are not closing the case, but they find no evidence that a crime occurred.

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Investigation Now Suspended
4:42 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

'No Basis' for Rolling Stone's Gang Rape Claim

Detective D.J. Harris looks on as Chief Longo demonstrates how Jackie claimed a roommate picked glass shards from her cheek, a story the roommate refuted.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.

While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.

"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."

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Law & Crime
6:08 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Charlottesville Bouncer Says ABC Claimed Fear of Riot

Kevin Badke shows how he extended his arm to return the ID card.
Credit Hawes Spencer

The debate continues this week over the level of force Alcoholic Beverage Control Officers may have used against a UVA student turned away from a Charlottesville bar. The public still has no explanation for why Martese Johnson ended up bleeding from a head wound, lying on a sidewalk, restrained by three officers.

It was just past midnight, and patrons inside Trinity Irish Pub were still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day while outside watching were three Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. They had told owner Kevin Badke they were hoping to prevent trouble.



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