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Charlottesville Police Plan to Commit to Transparency

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Charlottesville's police chief says it's time to make a bold statement. Following the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Chief Tim Longo says big changes are coming to his department.

Longo was quite frank Wednesday afternoon at police headquarters. He said it's easy to become complacent and he's not going to let that happen in Charlottesville. He said his department will become more transparent when it comes to use of force, investigations, citizen complaints and the stop-and-frisk reporting.

“We're on stage here. They're on stage there. We're on stage all across the country in law enforcement. So every citizen encounter, every car stop, every field stop, every knock on the door, every call for service is on stage," Longo said.

When it comes to tactical equipment - including items acquired from the military - Longo says they will detail what was used, how many times it was used and the reason it was used.

"We need to commit to being thoughtful when we acquire that stuff. And we need to commit to having policies and procedures that govern its use and commit to - we'll be transparent with how it's used,” he said.

Details are still being ironed out. Longo says the report may come quarterly or twice a year. He also has to figure out who will accept the report, whether it's City Council or the Police Advisory Committee.

Longo met with officers over a 24-hour period last week to go over all the changes and to just talk with them about the Ferguson incident and the unrest that followed because a lot of young street officers have never seen anything like this before.

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