Charlottesville set to expand Police Review Board powers, ban carrying of firearms on public streets

As Nolan Stout reports, City Council will consider resolutions to expand the powers of the City's Police Civilian Review Board tonight. In the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd, localities across the country have been calling for the creation of Police Review Boards to create more transparency and hold police more accountable for their actions

Tonight, Council will consider if the CRB should have subpoena power to compel the production of documents and witnesses. Separately, Council is also proposing a ban on carrying firearms in city buildings, parks, community centers or on public streets, a resolution that would prohibit the Charlottesville Police Department from acquiring military weapons and taking military training, and calling on the state to declare racism a public health crisis.

Do you think the CRB should have expanded powers? And should carrying firearms in city buildings, parks, community centers or on public streets be prohibited?

City Council meeting: 6:30 p.m. tonight. Visit charlottesville.gov/zoom to register.