Arrests of Black residents remain disproportionately high

A new annual report from the Charlottesville Police Department shows that charges of all crimes in the city have dropped for the third consecutive year.

Charges of crimes “against persons” — like homicide, rape or assault — dropped from 1,083 in 2017 to 956 in 2018 and to 872 last year, according to the report. Charges of property crimes, like burglary or fraud, have similarly declined over the last three years, as have charges of “crimes against society,” like drug offenses and prostitution.

The 33-page document also includes arrest data and includes information on the race and ethnicity of the people arrested by CPD officers.

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Fifty-two percent of the people arrested in 2019 were Black, according to the report. That is the same as 2018.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Black residents comprise 18.4% of Charlottesville’s population.

The police department’s annual report also lists “use of force” incidents and internal affairs complaints (with dates, allegations and determinations).

“The goal of CPD is to build a community through partnerships, transparency, as well as fair and impartial policing,” CPD Chief RaShall Brackney said in a message in the report.

CPD is required to release an annual report with crime statistics to maintain its accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, said Tyler Hawn, a department spokesman. It has been accredited since 1996.

The agency must be re-accredited every four years. It was last accredited in 2016, and is up for re-accreditation this year.

Click here to read the full 2019 report.