CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

The traffic stop by two Windsor police officers of an Army officer should never have become a viral video. The fact that it did, and that a federal lawsuit has been filed, means better training of officers is mandatory in law-enforcement departments across Virginia. Perhaps more importantly, the mindset of...
WINDSOR — Standing across from the gas station where an Army lieutenant became another viral example of aggressive policing directed at a person of color, members of the Virginia NAACP called Monday for lawmakers to hold a special session on an unfinished piece of the police reform agenda. Though the...
We’re supposed to be thrilled that the Minneapolis Police Department has smashed the blue wall of silence to get former officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The commander in charge of the field training program and another who leads the homicide unit condemned Chauvin’s actions on...
It was a few hours until the General Assembly would vote on final amendments to legislation that would make Virginia the first state in the South to legalize marijuana and Sen. Adam Ebbin, one of the bill’s Senate patrons, was feeling confident. As a joke, he stopped by a Richmond...
The Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to tighten some Virginia Parole Board procedures at issue in a series of critical watchdog reports last year, while approving funding for an outside investigation into how one of those reports was prepared and edited. Disagreement over the direction of that investigation led to...
The General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that will make marijuana legal on July 1. The votes make Virginia the 16th state to legalize the drug and the first in the South to take the step, though retail sales won't begin until Jan. 1, 2024. "The time has come for our state...
Virginia owes much to a smokable weed. Look no farther than the ceiling of the state Capitol Rotunda to see painted representations of garlands of the golden-brown leaf that was essential to Virginia’s founding 400 years ago. The Virginia Company of London, chartered as a joint stock company, encountered lean times...
Virginians could be harvesting their first legal crops of home-grown marijuana later this year under legislative amendments Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s sending to the General Assembly. Northam said Wednesday he is proposing changes to the marijuana legalization bill passed by the General Assembly last month that would end the...
Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates say they now support legalizing marijuana on July 1, joining the Senate in backing amendments to a legalization bill lawmakers passed last month. They also went a step further, endorsing the legalization of personal cultivation at the same time. “The time is now for...
Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation ending the death penalty in Virginia this week, an outcome that even some of the most ardent abolitionists once doubted they would see in their lifetime. Behind the scenes, a reform that drew little notice when it came before the legislature almost two decades ago...