Documents and Incidents Tagged "Richmond"


  • Department
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Police
    Tha VCU Police Department's RMS (Record Management System) includes information shared with and by the Richmond Police Department, including "RMS Alerts." Richmond residents can be flagged with these police internal "alerts" for a variety of reasons. (The interagency system is also shared with the Commonwealth's Attorney.) RMS Alert categories an individual may be assigned include, for example, "Assaulted Police Officer," "History of Resisting Arrest," "Mentally Unstable," "Narcotics Seller/User," "Probably Armed," "TEZ (Target Enforcement Zones)," "4th Amendment Rights Waiver," "Broad Street Corridor Ban," "Truancy Repeater," and "Banned from Public Parks" among others. This policy document from VCU Police Department's General Orders Manual provides a cursory overview of these alert types.

  • Department
    Decertified, Dismissed, & Wandering Ex-Police
    The formerly-decertified, now-reinstated Polly F. Griffin currently works at the Petersburg Police Department. Griffin was fired from the VCU Police Department, indicted by the City of Richmond, and decertified by the DCJS after she attacked a civilian at a hospital. "You're lucky I don't kill you," Griffin reportedly said to the victim of her unprovoked attack, while a superior officer watching told her up to four times to "Let up," DCJS documents state. Upon her indictment for assault and following her termination from VCU Police citing "unnecessary/excessive force," a deal was made in court to allow for dismissal of Griffin's criminal charges upon completion of community service. While VCU Police Chief Venuti had promptly requested Griffin's certification be revoked, Griffin promptly requested an appeal before the DCJS Executive Board Committee, which, despite extensive documentation and testimony of the incident, voted to overturn her decertification and free her to work as a law enforcement officer in Virginia. Reinstated, free of charges, and authorized to patrol again, Griffin applied for and was granted a job with the Petersburg Police, according to rosters obtained by Open69Oversight VA in fall 2023. The attached document is the DCJS case file for Griffin's appeal for reinstatement. It contains correspondence, a letter of termination, emails, notices, and several reports of the events on the day of the assault. If you have information about Polly F. Griffin, contact


    Incident Commonwealth-v-Lockett-Appeal

    Date Oct 21, 2001
    Time 08:30 PM
    Report # Commonwealth-v-Lockett-Appeal
    Department Richmond Police Department
    Officers Robert S. Sprinkle

    "On the evening of October 21, 2001, Officers Chuck Howell (Howell) and Robert Sprinkle (Sprinkle) of the Richmond City Police Department... as members of the drugs and weapons unit... arrived at the Creighton Court apartment complex at approximately 8:30 p.m. as part of an effort to surprise 'anyone who was dealing drugs' in the neighborhood, which was 'known for its numerous drug activities.'

    They parked at the southern end of the complex and were walking north when they noticed a group of individuals in a 'cut' between two apartment buildings...

    Howell [said that he] suspected that a drug transaction 'was going to occur or had occurred.'

    However, neither officer saw any drug activities or exchanges.

    Howell and Sprinkle continued walking toward the group. At that point, defendant 'looked in [the officers'] direction' and immediately 'took off running' in the opposite direction...

    Howell yelled at defendant to stop, and he 'got on the ground.'

    Sprinkle handcuffed defendant and did a 'pat down' search for weapons.

    No weapons or drugs were found at that time.

    Howell did not tell defendant that he was under arrest, and Sprinkle told defendant 'you're not under arrest, [you're] under investigative detention until we can figure out . . . what's going on...'

    Sprinkle arrested him for trespassing and in a search incident to the arrest found drugs and a cellular telephone.

    The trial court ruled:

    'I understand why the officers did what they did. But . . . [u]nder the evidence that has been presented to this Court, I do not find the facts to rise to a reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime has occurred or even that a crime is about to occur, and I grant the motion to suppress."

    The Commonwealth appeals this ruling.

    Address Creighton Court Apartments (RRHA Public Housing Unit) between 2100 block of Creighton Rd. and Fairfield Ave.
    Richmond, VA
    Tags Richmond Police  | Memorandum Opinion  | Richmond  | City of Richmond Circuit Court  | Court of Appeals of Virginia  | Judge Johanna L. Fitzpatrick  | Robert Sprinkle  | Chuck Howell  | Creighton Court  | Drugs and Weapons Unit  | Terrence Linwood Lockett  | Terry Stop  | Unlawful Search  | Trespassing  | Appeals  | Suppression Order  | Affirmed  | East End  | RRHA  |

    Incident USA-v-Robert-Haines-Appeal

    Date Jul 12, 2001
    Time 08:30 AM
    Report # USA-v-Robert-Haines-Appeal
    Department Richmond Police Department
    Officers Robert S. Sprinkle , William A. Breedlove Jr

    "..[T]he district court, in the Suppression Order of November 29, 2001, concluded that “[g]iven the totality of the circumstances known to the officers in this case [Robert S. Sprinkle and Eric Flick], there was not reasonable, articulable suspicion that criminal activity was afoot, sufficient to conduct an investigatory stop of the defendant.'

    ,.[T]he question of “[w]hether an officer has such reasonable suspicion to justify a stop-and-frisk is subject to de novo review...

    Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Terry v. Ohio, law enforcement officers may properly conduct a brief investigative stop of an individual when they possess reasonable suspicion, grounded in specific articulable facts, that he has been, is, or is about to be engaged in criminal activity.

    On appeal, the Government asserts that the events occurring in connection with the surveillance operation of July 12, 2001, were sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion... The Government maintains that... the district court erred... [W]e agree."

    Address 1300 block of North 27th St.
    Richmond, VA
    Tags Richmond Police  | Richmond  | Surveillance  | Robert Sprinkle  | Terry Stop  | Appeals  | East End  | US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals  | Erick Flick  | William Breedlove  | Reversal  | Robert Haines  | Stop and Frisk  | Miranda Rights  | Police Harassment  | Fourth Amendment  | Probab  | Reasonable Suspicion  |