A recent meeting with the new Richmond Police Chief, Colonel William C. Smith, left four local LGBT leaders feeling good about our community’s relationship with the city police force. Well acquainted with our community, Chief Smith shared his vision of total support and an understanding of our challenges such as the murder rate of transgender people. He pledged complete fairness and stressed that he wants to know of any concerns or complaints that our community may have about his team.
Pictured are James Millner of VAPride; Chief Smith; Cheezie Farmer of Women of Essence and Diversity Richmond; Zakia McKensey of Nationz Foundation and Bill Harrison of Diversity Richmond. The group presented Chief Smith with a framed photo of him being sworn in as chief.