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Charlottesville ruling could affect police probes

Sunday - 2/2/2014, 3:10pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A Charlottesville Circuit Court ruling on police jurisdiction has caught the attention of law enforcement agencies around Virginia.

The Daily Progress ( ) reports that the ruling came in a case involving Albemarle County officers who had crossed into Charlottesville to investigate a hit and run.

Judge Paul. M Peatross Jr. ruled last week that the officers weren't responding to an emergency that involved any immediate threat to life or public safety. The judge dismissed assault charges against a man who was shot during a May 2013 altercation with the officers.

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police executive director Dana Schrad says the organization is watching the case. Schrad says it has broad implications for local law enforcement officers whose investigations span multiple jurisdictions.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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