By Catherine Rogers | WAVY
April 3, 2015
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Four officers are no longer employed by the Norfolk Police Department (NPD) after an internal review of a Norfolk State University student’s January arrest.
Police Chief Michael Goldsmith released a statement Friday evening after finishing his review of London Colvin’s arrest, during which she was attacked by a police K-9. The K-9 officer is one of the four who are now unemployed. A fifth officer has been suspended for several days.
Colvin was leaving an off-campus party on Bayne Avenue January 25 when she allegedly refused to answer questions from police about an earlier fight. Witnesses said somehow Colvin ended up on the ground and with a police K-9 attacking her. Not long after the attack, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith admitted his officers used “unreasonable” force in her arrest.
The two misdemeanor charges that were filed against 21-year-old Colvin that night were officially dropped February 6.
We need to to modify our police behavior at their very foundation.
First, we need 100% video, from multiple sources, for every citizen/police interaction. Every single interaction. Do you have a dash cam? Do you have a cellphone cam? Do you know how to use them?
Second, we need a civilian board (with random citizen participation) to review 100% of the videos and recommend charges when applicable. No video, no charges. Period.
Either we get control of our outlaw government/police .... or we lose this country. It really is that simple.