RICHMOND, VA—Many people, including police officers, are asking why it took three days and an 8News report to get Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to comment about two police officers who were shot over the weekend.
Two Richmond Police officers were shot during a standoff Saturday. It happened as officers responded to a welfare check on Rusk Avenue.
The officers suffered non life-threatening injuries and are expected to make full recoveries, but Mayor Dwight Jones and the City's Police Chief didn't issue a public statement on the shooting.
"A simple public acknowledgement by the Mayor, our Police Chief thanking us or acknowledging the events that took place would go a long way," said Officer Brad Nixon with the Richmond Coalition of Police Board Members.
Nixon claims Richmond City Police Chief Ray Tarasovic and Mayor Dwight Jones haven't said anything about the incident.
Chief Tarasovic did respond to the scene, and in fact, a spokesman say on the way, Tarasovic stopped at the hospital to visit the wounded officers.
But Nixon says Tarasovic hasn't addressed it with others.
8News regularly gets messages from the Mayor's Office. Since last Monday, 8News has received six news releases.
Two of the releases came in Monday, just two days after the shooting. One was about energy upgrades at City Hall; the other about the Maggie Walker Governor's School. Neither mentioned the shootings.
Tuesday evening, after calling, emailing and texting the Mayor's Office, 8News received a statement.
The statement read in part: "Our City's Police Department often goes above and beyond the call of duty to protect our City's residents. I have called the two officers who were unfortunately injured in the line of duty to express my appreciation for their bravery."
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