U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to visit Richmond on Friday as part of a national tour of cities that have implemented successful community policing programs.
The attorney general is expected to tour the Richmond Police Department and meet with Chief Chris Magnus, according to the Contra Costa Times. The chief has been largely credited with improving RPD’s relations with citizens and with dramatically reducing violent crime.
At 2 p.m., Lynch plans to hold a community policing forum with local officials in Richmond City Council Chambers at 440 Civic Center Plaza.
Although Lynch will be traveling in a six-car caravan, her visit is not expected to negatively impact traffic, police said.
“The AG caravan will move fast with little disruption,” Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.
Expect heightened security at 440 Civic Center Plaza, where all people entering will be screened starting at 9:30 a.m., according to an department memo from Chief Magnus. City employees and those attending the literacy program are encouraged to use the doors on 27th Street. Also, the parking lot behind Council Chambers will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m aside from handicap spaces.
There could be demonstrations during Lynch’s visit, Magnus said. Some community members are planning to gather outside Council Chambers in order to demand further investigation into the fatal shooting of Richard ‘Pedie’ Perez by a Richmond police officer last year.
Lynch just stopped through Seattle for the national community policing tour, and she previously visited Birmingham, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and East Haven, Conn. All those cities, Lynch said, “have made important strides in creating and sustaining meaningful change” in the relationship between police officers and the citizens they serve.
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