Sanders on CPD incident at Market Street Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- City officials are investigating an incident that came to light during a Charlottesville City Council meeting.
City Manager Sam Sanders has issued a directive to lift the closing time in Market Street Park.
This comes after word of an incident involving two homeless people and officers from the Charlottesville Police Department.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, a community member said the city has to address the homelessness issue, pointing to an incident during which an officer reportedly kicked a homeless man.
According to the speaker, the officer was trying to wake up the homeless person to get them to leave the park.
CPD is already conducting an investigation into the incident.
“It came to my attention during Monday night’s city council meeting of allegations regarding confrontations between Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) and two unhoused community members while enforcing operating hours. This is currently under administrative investigation. The City of Charlottesville takes these allegations seriously and Chief Kochis and I will remain focused on maintaining positive interactions with all of our officers,” said Sanders.
He says he is assembling a team to build a long-term strategy to address the issue of homelessness in the city.