CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats.The Senate GOP bill would incentivize police departments to ban chokeholds, increase the use of body-worn cameras, improve training in de-escalation tactics and take prior records...
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.The executive order strengthens efforts to track police misconduct and uses federal funds to encourage police departments to improve training and certification standards and to work with...
Of the 91 police shootings that caused a death or serious injury reported in Virginia since a law passed in 2016 making those reports mandatory, only one has been ruled unjustified, according to Virginia State Police data.That shooting happened in February 2018 when two Lynchburg police officers fired into...
A top Virginia Democrat is promising quick action on police reform when the General Assembly reconvenes this summer for a special legislative session.“We have seen and we have heard aggressive change is needed now, and we see this all over the commonwealth and the country,” House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn,...
WASHINGTON — George Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, pleaded with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to ensure that his brother didn’t die in vain.“I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother, who you looked up...
Less than a year ago, a Democratic challenger trying to unseat then-Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox was put on the defensive after he ran an attack ad claiming she called for the removal of police in schools. In 2018, months after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a...
At the time, I laughed.Nearly 13 years later, amid the protests convulsing American cities over police brutality and racism, it doesn't seem like a joke.I was writing profiles of the candidates vying to replace a longtime south Louisiana sheriff and Godfrey "Doc" Buquet, a retired chief of detectives who...
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping police reforms on Capitol Hill Monday, following weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.“Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets of Minneapolis: the slow murder of...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Rep. Don McEachin is urging U.S. House leaders to prohibit the Defense Department from using military force against peaceful protesters. The Richmond Democrat sent a letter this month asking lawmakers to include language in an annual defense spending bill that would block funding “from being used for...
It’s time for the police to clean up their act. Past time, actually.The curbside killing of George Floyd in broad daylight by a white Minneapolis cop who was on patrol despite a lengthy record of abuse complaints (18 in all) was a game-changer because the whole ghastly thing was...