Charlottesville Breaking News
438"Code of Blue" or "Code of Silence" when the lawsuit
alleging a police conspiracy went before a jury. But the suit filed
by the Charlottesville man struck in a crosswalk by a police
cruiser won't reach trial. It has ended not with a bang like the
one that began it four years ago but with a secret settlement.
Along the way, it pried open several secrets, none of which shed
favorable light on the Albemarle or Charlottesville Police
"I've been accused of being a liar; I've been accused of being corrupt," says Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo, whose men made the controversial decision to charge not the Albemarle officer who drove into a citizen in broad daylight– but instead to charge the citizen, a man toppled from his wheelchair as he quietly headed home after buying groceries.
As the dashcam video showed, the overhead traffic light was green when Gerry Mitchell piloted his motorized chair through the crosswalk across West Main Street on the morning of November 5, 2007. As the defendants later pointed out, Mitchell may have ignored a red hand symbol at the Fourth Street intersection.