Virginia State Senate Passes Bill Protecting Officers' Identities

Virginia State Capitol;  Photo: Jonathan Nestor

Virginia State Capitol; Photo: Jonathan Nestor

The Virginia State Senate has passed a bill that will keep the names of all police officers in the state a secret and not subject to disclosure through Freedom of Information Act requests.

Senator John Cosgrove, a Republican from Chesapeake, introduced the bill out of concern over the safety of law enforcement officers. 

“Unfortunately, our culture has changed,” Cosgrove said. “Many times, police officers are considered fair game.”

Other lawmakers don’t agree, arguing that the bill opens up the door for corruption and abuse.

The bill passed 25-15 and will now move on to the House for consideration.


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