Government & Courts

Charlottesville police will soon be wearing body cameras. This one is by Taser. Photo courtesy Taser.

Of cops and cameras: Body cams imminent for Charlottesville police

Even before a police officer’s fatal encounter with an unarmed teen in Ferguson last summer, the Charlottesville Police Department had already budgeted for body-worn cameras for its officers, a move that has gained widespread support—except, perhaps, from the officers themselves. City Police Chief Tim Longo got $450,000 in the fiscal year 2014 budget for the […]

Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding (right) believes Jesse Matthew (center) would have been apprehended before allegdly abducting Hannah Graham if DNA was collected for misdemeanor offenses. Delegate David Toscano, left, is one of the state legislators sponsoring a bill that would require DNA collection for certain misdemeanor offenses. Photo credits: David Toscano file photo/Jesse Matthew courtesy FBI/Chip Harding by Sarah Jane Winter

99 problems that could lead to DNA collection

Extending DNA collection to include convictions of misdemeanors seems to enjoy bipartisan support, but two local delegates are carrying separate bills with different visions of how to expand the DNA databank. House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-57th) was the first to answer Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding’s call for misdemeanor DNA collection after the abduction of […]