RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Parents of a Richmond middle school are sounding off over a viral video involving a Richmond Police officer cursing at students.
Albert Hill Middle School parents met Thursday night with Richmond’s interim police chief to address their concerns.
Rupa Murthy, a parent of three, helped organize the conversation between interim chief William Smith and parents.
“Anytime that an adult is using profanity at children, it’s inappropriate and unconscionable,” she said.
Parents expressed frustration over the absence of the police officer involved in the video.
Interim Chief Smith said the meeting was a success.
“Good conversation,” he told 8News, “and it’s the start of many other conversations and we appreciate the commentary from parents.”
Richmond Public Schools board member Liz Doerr, who represents the district where the incident took place, was also at the meeting on Thursday.
“We’re very grateful for the chief to have shown up but there was also a desire to have the officer involved present in order to have a direct conversation,” Doerr said.
Doerr echoed thoughts that the police department did not properly discipline the officer involved in the video.
“It’s not enough just to have the officer re-assigned that, this officer could be doing these things in other districts, etc.,” Doerr said, “impacting our children.”
Many questions are unanswered but parents said the dialogue on Thursday is a small step in making progress.
“I hope this is the beginning of many meetings that perhaps might happen across the city,” Murthy said.