Former Amazon Employee Charged With Hate Crime For Attack on Co-Worker

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 19, 2016- Chesterfield, VA

James William Hill III, age 34, was indicted Tuesday under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act for a May 2015 assault on a co-worker at the Amazon Distribution Center in Chester.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hill attacked the victim, referred to as “C.T.” in the indictment, because of “C.T.’s actual and perceived sexual orientation.” The assault is believed to have been caught on security video.

A report by the Huffington Post indicates that Hill was fired immediately after the attack, and an Amazon representative said at the time that the company was “appalled” by Hill’s behavior. Continue reading

Security guard shoots, critically injures patient at Lynchburg General Hospital

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Image is representative, not actual event

January 11, 2016- Lynchburg, VA

At approximately 4:00 PM Monday afternoon, a Centra security officer shot and critically injured a patient at Lynchburg General Hospital.

ABC 8 News reports that the security guard fired the shots during a “physical altercation with an adult male patient.”

In the state of Virginia, armed security officers must register with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and successfully complete 50-53 hours of required training. These guidelines are outlined in the Private Security Services Code of Virginia. Continue reading

Repo Man Struck in the Line of Duty

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Images are representative, not actual event

September 16, 2015- Henrico, VA

Rather than surrender her vehicle, a Henrico-area woman is accused of running over a worker who was attempting to repossess her vehicle, striking both the worker and another car in the process.

According to NBC12 News, Jamoya Dee Atkins, the owner of the vehicle, was subsequently charged with hit and run as well as assault.

Under Virginia law, creditors may initiate repossession for non-payment ten or more days after the loan payment due date. This is because creditors, in exchange for issuing loans to buy personal property, retain a security interest in that property as collateral against nonpayment or default of the loan. Continue reading