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Violence crime in Norfolk Virginia to -- -- -- from Richman the attorney general of the commonwealth of Virginia Ken could -- Florida appointed a special investigator in the -- -- on Martin case because there were a lot of questions and a lot of things a warm moving along very quickly.
Could the commonwealth do the same thing in this situation in Norfolk.
And the law in Virginia leaves the responsibility.
For the investigation in the prosecution of this case.
With the local police.
And the local come -- -- we call a -- turning Virginia most people called -- district attorney that's a locally elected official I do not have.
Contrary to what you reported Monday I do not have as attorney general of Virginia any legal authority.
To step in and intervene in this case can you -- -- my role my role -- after a conviction is achieved.
I handle all the appeals and try to hold on and.
I got -- but you know it's disturbing if there's a police department in any state not just Virginia that simply not investigating.
Just simply doesn't -- -- in -- game.
They'll they'll -- two investigations going on right now.
Okay and that's what age should they underlying offense according to the victims themselves who filed a formal -- a complaint against -- for police department.
They say in the complaint -- want to solve the crime.
They -- interested in finding who beat them -- so to me and but let me get very very precisely.
So you're saying that you know you don't have the power to appoint a special.
State prosecutor or stayed investigate the world in an -- -- -- -- it does the governor of the -- -- -- them.
No -- not unless there's a -- not unless there's a conflict of interest for the prosecutor locally.
And there's no indication of any cut conflict of interest for that prosecute all right so in theory -- -- any Venezuela that part of our.
Finally it will be a court that would appoint that special prosecutor so in theory and -- -- -- Lynchburg Arlington Virginia or any of those counties if they police department were cool rock and we're not.
What if if one -- more corrupt and they basically said you know what -- force -- you can't do anything about it.
If if you had a police department in that circumstance the state police have jurisdiction across the commonwealth they don't work for the attorney general.
They don't work for me who could mobilizing state police to go in and investigate this mob violence who could do that if there was if and investigate if the process was completed and -- -- their two investigations going on right now.
They're two of them not just one going on right now.
If there was an indication.
That it was a cover up instead of an investigation.
Then the state police.
Could conduct their own investigation there and I -- your idea right now is in the indication -- none of cover up now -- -- -- -- let me challenge you on that mr.
attorney general you have the two -- right -- -- in Israel and all the facts bill just like Monday when you got to ride -- -- -- okay.
The two victims say listen and reportedly -- This the police department's interest stayed in the way they conducted themselves on the scene with us -- want to solve it.
Now that's very Allegheny like -- and like it and like every other police department they have an internal affairs division and you -- less than normal for police department investigate this you're not an outside Nelson bill they're gonna create their -- single.
Every single law enforcement department in Virginia.
I don't know how other states operate.
Has their own internal affairs division that is walled off from other folks and they investigate exactly -- -- like that.
You can see why people might feel that.
-- nod their agency in there.
If this war yeah highest crime friends well I -- when I get that perspective.
But let let's be clear about that and especially this administration.
-- -- Got to let this play out you are on the news cycle we're honor of the cycle of trying to build a good case against more than one person.
There were a lot of people absolutely close to this -- -- and so we don't wanna we don't give -- we don't.
Share investigative materials we hear is just the law enforcement community.
Don't share investigative materials while investigations ongoing we don't want to do ready fire aim.
This is ready aim fire we want to get this right no one at this moment.
Is in immediate danger as they were gonna completely -- -- -- win this -- then.
It to people's lives -- their lives have they have a lot of the area that they were scared bill they were scared after the event.
But they have not had any separate threats.
That they have that there's this had a lead you to everybody -- -- -- -- that suffers from an assault like this and let's let's be clear there's -- terrible underlying crime here.
That we wanna make sure gets -- RAI NN and I get our helmets guilty but it but even if you wanted to you couldn't force north you police -- to release the 911 tape for example you could know I cannot while there's an ongoing investigation.
Freedom of Information Act doesn't allow.
Or provides for the blocking of the release of a 91 wanted their good reasons for that but when the investigations over.
Then it's subject to nine month to -- released by mr.
attorney general we appreciate you being a stand up guy coming up.
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