‘It appears to be racially driven’: School board member speaks on cursing cop video

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond Police officer is under investigation after a video surfaced of him yelling and cursing at Albert Hill Middle Schoolers, causing a stir in the community.

Now, one school board member is speaking out.

I can’t think of any circumstance in which talking to a minor in that way is an acceptable thing to do, said school board member Kenya Gibson.

Gibson is asking the school board to allow Richmond interim police chief William Smith to attend their next meeting and explain how the department is handling the situation.

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The community really wants to hear from the police team what their response is and I think that’ll be an important step to take, Gibson said.

Gibson tells 8News this incident is unacceptable and disappointing, saying: at face value, it appears to be racially driven and I was heartbroken to see the video.

She believes deescalating a situation is an officer’s most important role but, this was exactly the opposite of that.

Gibson’s going to let the investigation decide the officer’s fate, but says this is a serious matter that needs to be addressed.

We’ve got a lot of work to do and the sooner that we’re able to have those conversations the more that both students and the community can appreciate that we all think this is an important issue, Gibson said. We all need to learn from it.

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