People voice their concerns about trust, data from CPD

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Improvements to the Charlottesville Police Department's role in the community was a hot topic for speakers during public comment at the Charlottesville City Council meeting on Monday night.

Speakers said the department still lacks trust and transparency, but they said it's not a problem Chief RaShall Brackney created.

They said it stems from past police chiefs, including Chief Tim Longo and Chief Al Thomas.

One speaker said it's going to take time to establish this trust in the community again.

"These are not new problems and the resulting distrust is valid," said Kate Fraleigh. "Chief Brackney inherited these problems and must go beyond the average call of duty worth transparency and accountability if there is any hope for new trust to be developed."

Members of the Police Civilian Review Board also talked about getting more data from the department to help them review its policies.

"Without the data of how the police department is following its own policies, it's impossible to develop a procedure to review those matters," said Sarah Burke, a member of the Police Civilian Review Board. "There is no meaningful analysis to be done with incomplete or summary data."

Last week, the police department was under the spotlight after Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding suggested it should hire an outside consultant to assess CPD's current leadership.

Interim City Manager Mike Murphy responded and said they brought in an outside consultant when they hired Brackney last year.

These comments were sparked by recent reports made by Brackney that the department has lost nearly two dozen officers since Aug. 12, 2017.

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