Virginia’s stop-and-frisk records to remain exempt from public release

Reports of stops and frisks by Charlottesville, Virginia, police officers will remain classified following a city circuit court ruling that concurred with city officials that the reports are criminal investigative files that are exempt from public disclosure.

During an evidentiary hearing Friday for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city, Circuit Judge Richard E. Moore spoke about and read aloud a few of the narratives in the approximately 230 stops and frisk reports from June 2012 to this year that authorities submitted to him this week for his review prior to the hearing. Continue…