Platania says cannot remove Turner from CRB

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Commonwealth's Attorney for Charlottesville has responded to a request to look into recent actions by a member of the Police Civilian Review Board.

Commonwealth's Attorney Joe Platania says a request from the police union to remove Katrina Turner from the CRB is beyond the scope of his inquiry.

Attorney Denise Lunsford submitted the request to remove Turner from the board earlier this week, citing an incident earlier this month where Turner allegedly tried to intimidate a police officer who had pulled her son over for a traffic stop by telling the officer she was a member of the CRB.

Turner's son was reportedly pulled over for running a stop sign and given a warning.

Platania says he reviewed body cam video of the incident and found the officers involved and Turner were all calm and respectful during it.

Due to her position on the CRB, Turner is subject to the provisions of the Virginia Conflicts of Interests Act.

However, Platania says he came to the conclusion that Turner did not do or say anything that violated any provisions of the law.

He adds she did not appear to use her position on the board in a threatening manner as she was calm and cooperative with the officer.

Still, Platania writes Turner's actions did “little to promote an organizational reputation of objectivity towards law enforcement.”

To read the full letter, click on the link in the Related Documents box.



 
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