State Police are calling this nine-month-old video that went viral on YouTube today a personnel matter. It shows an officer striking a skateborder near VCU.
Here's the full statement police released in response to an inquiry from Style.
State police is aware of this edited video as this incident occurred approximately nine months ago in the City of Richmond near the VCU campus. This is not the full length video. Virginia State Police has seen the full video and investigated the crash following Department policy and procedures. The trooper did stop at the scene and followed proper Departmental procedures. The individual was assessed at the scene by emergency personnel for a minor injury but was not transported from the scene to the hospital. This is a personnel matter and state police does not have further comment on this incident.
Pro-skater Tony Hawk shared the video on Twitter, where he has 3.5 million followers:
Cop runs over skateboarder... intentionally. News [not] at 11. http://t.co/Gq1A9CesAk— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) July 31, 2013
Thursday is going to be nasty, but delicious and inexpensive.
First there was the taco eating tournament at Babe’s, which is “just about the only place to be a hip lesbian in Richmond,” according to Yelp. Tacos are $1. Info here.
And now, as of today, the Richmond Flying Squirrels bring us this: $1 hot dogs on the same night as a tribute to the ongoing Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. Info here.
Something for the slice-of-life/things-that-make-Richmond-great file: A brass band made up of no less than 10 trombones appeared on Cary Street shortly after 9 on Friday night. As the group played the crowd around them grew, swelling into the street. Eventually police arrived, but they opted to shut down a lane of traffic rather than the show.
The band calls themselves the Brass Connection. They're local to the city and say they've played on the street in Carytown about five times so far this summer. They don't have a website, so if you like what you hear you'll just have to hope to run into them.
The Washington Post has recommendations for visitors coming to town over the next couple weeks for the Redskins summer training camp. And for the most part, they're real hip spots. Don't Look Back, Saison and Lamplighter all make the list.
But something about the lineup the Post selected seems a little too well manicured -- the list reads like something provided by the city's department of economic development.
Yes, tacos and lattes are great, but what about the grittier, more home-spun spots that make Richmond unique? The mayonnaise drenched boxed lunches from Sally Bell's. The covert trips to sneak sandwiches to the overweight donkey at Maymont. The long swims among the nude bathers at Texas Beach.
So tell us: What overlooked Richmond treasures should we include in our hypothetical guide for training camp visitors? Comment away.
Richmond City Council will consider legislation next month that would extend employment benefits to the spouses of city employees in same-sex marriages.
The bill would expand the city’s definition of spouse to “include spouses in same sex marriages that have legally occurred in other states.”
A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled to take place during the council’s Sept. 9 meeting. Prior to that, council’s subcommittee on Governmental Operations will consider the paper and issue a recommendation to the full council on July 25.
Three councilmen are listed as patrons of the ordinance: Parker Agelasto, Chris Hilbert and Charles Samuels.
Agelasto first proposed the change. Background attached to the draft ordinance cites the Supreme Court opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act: “This definition spouse is consistent with the federal definition of spouse, as the federal government now includes same sex partners in marriages that have occurred legally in other states.”
City council’s policy analysts were unable to determine how much the change might cost the city and list its fiscal impact as “to be determined.”
Update: The city's attorney, Allen Jackson, says even if it passes the ordinance would require action from the General Assembly before benefits can be extended.