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For Johnson, now a member of the city’s new Police Civilian Review Board, that day has not arrived.

There is very little that they can do to better themselves here.”In interviews with The Washington Post, numerous other Black residents and activists echoed her frustration.

About 20 percent of Charlottesville’s 47,000 residents identified themselves as Black, Black/Hispanic or other races in the most recent census data.

Among the points approved: requiring the police department to justify in writing why it will not accept a particular review board recommendation, and allowing the review board to examine some complaints that have already gone through an initial police review.

The department says that the number of “officer-initiated” contacts with Black residents is very low; and that some people counted in the data may not live in Charlottesville.

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