Following the media release of an inflammatory Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) officer survey, Department administration has reneged on a threat to publish retaliatory video evidence.
In response to the survey, CPD administration—in a statement to CBS19 News—foreshadowed release of compromising videos indicting certain CPD officers:
“The Charlottesville Police Department has declined to comment about this on Thursday but does say it plans to release videos regarding officers and leadership roles next week.”
The content of these videos later was elaborated in an accusatory, rash, and indiscreet CPD press release.
The Schilling Show requested a copy of the referenced videos via the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
In an August 26 email response, Charlottesville Police Department administration (on behalf of Chief RaShall Brackney) refused to release the requested videos—which had been slated for publication this week—citing legal exemptions:
Pursuant to VA Code 2.2-3706 (B)9 your request is being denied.
Please see the following:
VA Code 2.2-3706
Discretionary releases. The following records are excluded from the mandatory disclosure provisions of this chapter, but may be disclosed by the custodian, in his discretion, except where such disclosure is prohibited by law:
Records of (i) background investigations of applicants for law-enforcement agency employment, (ii) administrative investigations relating to allegations of wrongdoing by employees of a law-enforcement agency, and (iii) other administrative investigations conducted by law-enforcement agencies that are made confidential by law;
The Charlottesville Police Department has refused to provide what they clearly had threatened to release in a fit of rage. The sought retribution against its own officers apparently is subservient to the fear of lawsuits that almost certainly would have followed such an indiscriminate act of reprisal.