Prosecutor says he will stop handling misdemeanors
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prosecutor says he will stop assigning his staff to handle misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic infractions in lower court, citing an understaffed office and the added work from reviewing body camera footage.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Davenport wrote in a letter to Chief General District Judge Pamela O’Berry that his decision was forced in part by the implementation last year of police body cameras. He said the cameras have generated thousands of hours of video that his staff must sometimes review.
Davenport said his pleas for additional staffing have been ignored.
The misdemeanor cases will still go forward, but will have to be decided by a judge without the direction of a prosecutor.
The judge declined to comment on Davenport’s letter.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com