Request to remove Police Civilian Review Board member

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Things got a little tense at the Police Civilian Review Board meeting Tuesday evening after Denise Lunsford, the lawyer for the police union, asked board member Katrina Turner to step down.

She requested Turner's removal in a letter to members of the Charlottesville City Council.

In the letter, Lunsford referred to an incident where Turner told an officer that she was on the Civilian Review Board after her son was pulled over for a traffic violation.

She then went on to say that she copied the Commonwealth Attorney, Joe Platania, into the letter to determine whether Turner's actions are a violation of the Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interest Act.

Turner said she is not worried about losing her position though, because she does not believe she did anything wrong.

"If the ticket was already written by the time I got outside, how did I intimidate him, one, and she said that I did it more than once," said Turner. "I asked her when was it that I did it again and she said she couldn't answer."

Turner said she believes the request for her removal suspiciously comes after she announced that she filed a complaint against Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney on Monday.

Lunsford declined to comment. At the meeting, Lunsford advised Turner to talk to an attorney.



 
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