Government & Courts

Students line up to ask questions of police and other officials at a forum in UVA's Newcomb Hall Theater Friday afternoon. Staff photo

UVA students express anger at forum with police, march out in protest

Tensions ran high in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Theater Friday afternoon as students confronted police and other public officials at a forum organized by the University’s Student Council in response to the arrest of Martese Johnson, the African-American third-year student involved in a bloody confrontation with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers on the Corner early […]

Martese Johnson, left, stands with his lawyer Daniel Watkins at a press conference on the Downtown Mall on Thursday, March 18. Staff photo

Martese Johnson: ‘How could this happen?’

At a Thursday evening press conference on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Martese Johnson’s lawyer told reporters his client, the 20-year-old African-American UVA student whose bloody arrest by ABC officers on the Corner early Wednesday morning has sparked outrage, would “fight the criminal charges against him with the utmost vigor.” Johnson, who was joined at the press conference […]

Charlottesville’s use of hidden cameras to observe employees suspected of misconduct is rare, but controversial. File photo

City police: Spycams in the workplace ‘rare’

Who is the city spying on? Charlottesville’s use of hidden cameras to monitor city employees became news in the recent case of Charlottesville Fire Department mechanic J.R. Harris, who was fired after city police put a camera in his office to find the perp who hid a bottle alleged to be alcohol in his desk. […]