The Barracks Road intersection with Emmett Street is becoming more dangerous by the day.
Principally, lives (and cars) are threatened by a roving street beggar, Michael Anthony Jones, with whom local law enforcement is well acquainted. To the concerned public, he’s known as “Clappy” or alternatively, “the Barracks Road Barker.” But, whatever the moniker, he’s a menace.
As previously reported by The Schilling Show, Jones has been harassing cars and violating traffic safety laws for years. In July of 2021, he was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, yet, he was back on the streets shortly thereafter.
Most recently, “Clappy” has stepped-up his parlous intimidation game by venturing into moving traffic while soliciting. This is not isolated behavior and it often is accompanied by threatening gestures or verbiage and random striking of vehicles.
The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) has fielded numerous complaints about the perilous conditions at Barracks Road, yet it refuses to act. The motoring and pedestrian public is imperiled by the CPD’s politically motivated dormancy, yet the peril continues unabated.
Should a related accident occur at this intersection, the guilty parties (CPD, City Manager, City Council) will be held accountable by virtue of this and previous exposés of the ongoing preventable hazard.
In addition to the seemingly inevitable carnage awaiting at Barracks Road, the potential financial liability of City taxpayers—due the officials’ deliberate inaction—is enormous.