Mayor Stoney commits to reform measures including ‘Marcus Alert’

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is proposing a number of reform measures after six days of protests in the city.

“These are steps to the healing our city desperately needs,” Stoney said in a tweet Wednesday night.

Earlier this week, the mayor spoke with protestors at City Hall over concerns of tear gas then hours later walked with them in a protest to Lee monument.

The mayor says Richmond told him to “channel our city’s pain into reform.”

One of the measures he’s proposing is a crisis alert known as the Marcus Alert. Marcus David Peters was killed in 2018 by a Richmond police officer while experiencing a mental health crisis. The alert would help the police department and the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority work together on calls for people experiencing a mental crisis.

A citizen review board to investigate complains against RPD is another measure. It will be made of a group of stakeholders and will be separate from the department.

The city has also proposed a strategy for racial equity that would consist of training for staff and a study to help navigate greater inclusion within the city.

Read Mayor Levar Stoney’s reform measures here.

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