Supervisor Endorses Citizens’ Review Board

Albemarle County Supervisor David Bowerman, described in Peter Savodnik’s Daily Progress article today as “the bridge between the six-member Board of Supervisors and the county police department,” has endorsed the concept of a citizens’ review board to oversee the police department. He envisions the same restrictions that Chief Miller does, to some people’s regret, restrictions that can only be lifted by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. An odd dynamic has popped up here, too: Detective K. W. Robinson, who is accused of beating a prisoner during questioning last month, has told the Progress that he supports a review board. This is likely related to the fact that Detective Robinson was once fired by Chief Miller, for excessive use of force, only to find his job reinstated by an appeals board.

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