Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

February 6, 2014

Va. judge won’t reconsider police ruling

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Charlottesville judge won’t reconsider a ruling on police jurisdiction that has caught the attention of law enforcement agencies around Virginia.

Circuit Judge Paul M. Peatross’ ruling came in a case involving Albemarle County officers who crossed into Charlottesville to investigate a hit and run.

Peatross dismissed two assault charges last week against Josue Salinas Valdez, who was shot during an altercation with the officers. He ruled that the officers weren’t responding to an emergency that involved any immediate threat to life or public safety.

The Daily Progress reports that Peatross has declined a prosecution request to reconsider the ruling.

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police executive director Dana Schrad has said the ruling signals that police lose the protection of their badges when they leave their jurisdictions.

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