Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has agreed to release, at no cost, Richmond Police Department data that community groups have sought for two years.
The Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project, a coalition of justice-oriented groups, submitted an open records request for data on RPD’s traffic and pedestrian stops. The group requested the number of stops and the reason for violations with demographic information including the age, race and gender of the person stopped and the neighborhoods they were stopped in. The department initially planned to charge the group $4,500 for the records, but has since waived the fees.
Kim Rolla, a member of the transparency group and an attorney at Legal Aid Justice Center says the data is critical.
“When we talk about law enforcement contact in the community, these kinds of pedestrian and vehicle stops, that’s how people of color and low-income people will experience disparate policing,” Rolla said.
The full data will be released in January and March.
Earlier this year, the coalition sought records from RPD regarding use of force and civilian complaints. That data is now available on the department’s website .