September 2015 Virginia Police Misconduct Updates

Virginia (State-Wide)

9/23/15
Virginia officials yielded to calls from newspapers and government transparency and police accountability groups by finally releasing the report of the investigation into the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s bloody takedown of University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson, back in March.  TL;DR: The Virginia State Police investigated their buddies and found that they did nothing wrong. How long before overzealous ABC secret police agents kill a young person to protect them from underage drinking?
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/government-politics/article_b89c2246-3a07-5075-b18b-4ed70f598e2a.html

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
    • Special Agent Jared B. Miller
    • Special Agent Thomas S. Custer
    • Special Agent John S. Cielakie

Campbell County

Altavista

9/14/15

Former Altavista Police Chief Kenneth Walsh received 10 felony indictments for embezzlement of public funds and forgery of public documents. Walsh had been put on administrative leave in March when the Virginia State Police began its investigation on Walsh and another Altavista police officer (William Robert “Rob” Haugh III). Walsh resigned in May

Read more: http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/former-altavista-police-chief-indicted/article_fcf5fdfe-a4a8-5f7f-91bc-e5404c59070a.html

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Altavista Police Department
    • Chief Kenneth Walsh

Hampton Roads

Norfolk

9/2/15

2 Norfolk police officers were charged with felony embezzlement for allegedly stealing from a police union, The International Brotherhood of Police. The two remain on administrative duty with the police department.

Read more: http://wavy.com/2015/09/02/2-norfolk-police-officers-charged-with-embezzlement/

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Norfolk Police Department
    • Officer Randolph Brann
    • Officer Jacob Wright

Portsmouth

9/3/15

Two-time killer cop, Stephen Rankin of the Portsmouth Police Department was indicted for first degree murder for shooting 18-year-old William Chapman in the face in April. The indictment came only after details of Chapman’s autopsy were leaked to the media. Rankin, who previously served a three year suspension for the suspicious death of another unarmed man, was fired upon the indictment and is currently out on bond awaiting trial.

Read more: http://www.copblock.org/139929/two-time-killer-cop-stephen-rankin-indicted-for-murder/

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Norfolk Police Department
    • Officer Stephen Rankin

Greater Richmond Region

Petersburg

9/8/15

A figure already infamous for misconduct to Virginia Cop Block readers, Detective Vance Richards had his campaign for Charles City County Sheriff derailed due to election fraud.  He is facing 6 charges of making false statements on legal forms as part of his application for elected office. According to the Petersburg Police Department, “Vance Richards is on leave without pay from Petersburg Bureau of Police. His sworn police powers have been withdrawn.” That’s something that should have happened last year, when Vance beat a Petersburg teenager with his baton and arrested him for filming the police from his own residence.

Read more: http://wtvr.com/2015/09/09/petersburg-police-officer-arrested-for-election-fraud-in-bid-for-sheriff/

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Petersburg Police Bureau of Police
    • Detective Vance Richards

Northern Virginia

Fairfax County, Virginia

9/8/15
Commonwealth’s Attorney  Ray Morrogh announced he was declining to seek charges against the 6 Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputies who were involved in the brutal tasering death of Natasha McKenna, a 37-year-old mentally ill inmate at the adult detention center.

Read more: http://www.copblock.org/140283/natasha-mckenna-worried-cops-would-kill-her/

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department
    • Lieutenant Lucas Salzman
    • Lieutenant Paul Miller
    • Deputy Adam Henry
    • Deputy Jonathan Perryman
    • Deputy Patrick McPartlin
    • Deputy Kenneth Krstulovic

9/12/15

Roughly 200 citizens showed up for the final public comment session of the Fairfax County Police Practices Review Commission, which turned out to be the largest and most powerful public condemnation of rogue law enforcement agencies in the region to date. Many of the attendees participated in a demonstration before the meeting and then spoke out about Natasha McKenna, John Geer, and other cases of police murder and abuse, and the continual failure of the county’s elected officials to hold law enforcement accountable for killing unarmed citizens.

Read more: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2015/oct/06/column-finally-outrage/

 

Watch the YouTube video of the meeting.

Prince William County

9/27/15

A new development in the high-profile Joaquin Rams murder trial emerged when Buzzfeed reported detectives with the Prince William Police Department first compelled, and then arrested Lara McLeod for filing a police report about Rams allegedly raping her. McLeod is the sister of Hera McLeod, who was engaged to Rams at the time, and was the mother of Prince Rams. Hera McLeod was charged with obstruction of justice, a charge that damaged her attempts to gain sole custody of Prince, who was later found unresponsive and later died after an unsupervised visit with his father.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/the-police-told-her-to-report-her-rape-then-arrested-her-for#.xr12M5mqjp

Westmoreland County

9/14/15

Retired Westmoreland County Sheriff’s deputy, Melvin Hinson, decided to supplement his generous law enforcement pension by selling guns on the black market.  He removed the serial numbers and then sold sawed-off shotguns, rifles, and other firearms that law enforcement agencies had given to him for destruction. Despite engaging in some highly illegal gun trafficking, Hinson was given a plea deal for possessing firearms with destroyed serial numbers.

Read more: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_9bc3ab62-6db8-5ae4-98a3-876104ca2715.html

Involved Law Enforcement Agency and Personnel:

  • Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department
    • Deputy Melvin Hinson (retired)