The grassroots group New Virginia Majority held a walk in Richmond last night (8/6) to call attention to police practices and prompt transparency.
About 100 people marched from the south end of the Mayo bridge to the Lumpkin’s site in Shockoe Bottom, calling for the Richmond Police Department to release data requested by the Legal Aid Justice Center through a Freedom of Information Act request
. New Virginia Majority member Mark Jackson says community members are urging Mayor Levar Stoney to take action.
"We want Mayor Stoney to demand the Richmond Police Department to release the data on 'stop and frisk,' Terry stops and traffic stops."
In attendance was Princess Blanding--sister of Marcus David Peters--who said this issue bears a personal significance to her.
"I moved from New York to go into undergrad in Baltimore, Maryland and I’ve never been stopped until I hit the Commonwealth of Virginia."
RPD says they currently don’t have a way of extracting the data that was requested, and are working toward a solution.