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Update: CPD Chief Brackney Address Stop-And-Frisk Issues

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville’s chief of police is asking the community to give her some more time to tackle issues surrounding stop-and-frisk numbers in the city.

Chief RaShall Brackney held a press conference outside the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) Wednesday, October 3. The event briefly turned into a verbal confrontation between the chief and defense attorney Jeffrey Fogel.

"It's a black hole over your office and internal affairs," said Fogel to Brackney during the press conference.

"I will not debate you about numbers that which neither of us have,” the chief said to the defense attorney.

Fogel has raised his concerns about the issue during Monday's Charlottesville City Council meeting.

Brackney says the department and Fogel are at odds over how the data is formatted.

Earlier this year, the city's numbers showed a vast majority of stop-and-frisks reported in 2017 involved African-Americans: According to then-Chief Thierry Dupuis, 91 of the people stopped were black, 33 were white, and one was Asian. The majority of the time, police officers would cite detecting an odor of an illegal substance as their reason to stop and frisk someone.

"I understand that these contacts are wedge issues between the law enforcement community and the communities of color we serve. I understand that everyone wants answers, but we must be reasonable, through and transparent in our dissemination. Failure to do so would only create more chasms, fear and delegitimize policing agencies," Chief Brackney said.

Brackney stated CPD changed records management software back on January 1, and now a part-time employee has to manually extract the data. She says wants to hire a full-time person to conduct robust data reviews, and said City Council can expect that request in her upcoming budget.

Fogel says he wants access to stop-and-frisk numbers for the first half of this year. He also pressed Brackney about what will be done to address the issue since they already have data from 2017.

"If we do have that, I will be the first to say this is what's been going on in the community and this is how we will attempt to disrupt that trajectory, or say, or tamp down any of those inaccuracies," said Brackney.

The chief also took issue with the phrasing, "stop and frisk." She says it should be called "warrantless search and seizure."

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