LISTEN: City Council meeting over proposed VCU police changes descends into uproar

The City Council voted to approve the measure Monday. Photo by Erin Edgerton.

CT Staff Report

The City Council voted Monday to approve a measure that will nearly double the jurisdiction of the VCU Police Department.

Councilwoman Reva Trammell, who voted in favor of the ordinance to expand the VCU Police Department’s Jurisdiction, spoke about the expansion proposal prior to a recess, which was called after an argument broke out on the floor of the council.

 

“I do not appreciate color being brought into this discussion,” Trammell said. “Because I know when we call 911, we don’t get on the phone and say, ‘Give me a white officer, give me a black officer.’ We have, in the past, asked to have a ‘Hispanic’-speaking police officer in our district so they can communicate with some of the citizens.”

 

Sarah Elson, Georgia Geen and Fadel Allassan contributed to this report.
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