January 27, 2023

Statement from Police Chief Paul Neudigate

It is with a heavy heart that I write to our Virginia Beach Community. After reviewing the footage of Tyre Nichol’s arrest, I am outraged, heartbroken, and disappointed.

Outraged at the actions of these former officers and the excessive force they unleashed on Mr. Nichols. What we saw on video was an unspeakable and needless tragedy.

Heartbroken for the Nichols family and the entire Memphis community at the senseless loss of a young man’s life at the hands of those who swore to serve and protect.

Disappointed to see the narrative of police brutality continue to sow doubt and mistrust on a profession that I, and so many brave men and women in this great nation, have passionately and unwaveringly devoted our lives to. The actions of those involved are not representative of the policing profession.

It is important that you hear from me that the Virginia Beach Police Department does not condone this unforgivable behavior. We are committed to providing a safe community for all residents and visitors to our beautiful city.

Today we are united in our sorrow with Mr. Nichols’ loved ones and the people of Memphis. As we process this event, please know you have my commitment that the VBPD will steadfastly continue our efforts to strengthen police relationships and cultivate trust throughout our city. Working together, I trust that the strength and resilience of Virginia Beach will see us past this tragedy.


Paul W. Neudigate
Police Chief


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