City retracts statement concerning CRB and Brackney meeting issues

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The city of Charlottesville is retracting a statement it made last week regarding the Police Civilian Review Board.

According to a release, this was based on an April 24 report that a CRB member falsely said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney refused to meet or was unavailable for a meeting during the entire month of June.

However, there is no record the member of the CRB said this during the April 23 meeting of the board.

The release says the city initially issued a statement on the report on April 26 as a means to clarify that Brackney had never said she was unavailable for the entire month of June as implied by the report.

City officials say they have spoken with the news outlet that published the April 24 report, and leaders of the outlet have said they are confident in their reporting.

The existing CRB is an initial gathering of local representatives, which is tasked with creating the framework on which a permanent review board will be based.

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