police

Colloquy: Police Qualified Immunity

Editors’ Note: This is the second in a series feature, in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Barbara Levine, Barbara Johnson, Michael Fruitman, and Jim McCarthy. The… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›

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A LOVING CHANGE  After narrowing down the list of possible new names for Lee Highway, an Arlington task force has settled on its recommendation: Mildred and Richard Loving Avenue. Presently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the group said… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

DEFAMED? DEFANGED? FALWELL DROPS DEFAMATION CLAIM Lawyers for Jerry Falwell notified Lynchburg Circuit Court that their client will not pursue his claim the school damaged his reputation by repeating what he labeled as lies about his participation in an extramarital… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. will step down in February, capping a nearly 8-year run that brought major reforms to Virginia’s largest police department during an era of change in policing. It was… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›

Private Militias Are a Threat to All

Editors’ Note: Crossposted from The New York Times, October 8, 2020. By Mary B. McCord VoxFairfax has commented upon this issue on several occasions.  Across the nation, local sheriffs have offered sympathetic comments about private militias often encouraging their activities.  Sometimes… Read More ›