March 6, 2023

VBPD Officer Charged with Assault from On-Duty Incident

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, Monday, March 6, 2023 – The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) has secured a criminal charge of misdemeanor Assault for Jemarr Mosley, Jr., a sworn police officer with the VBPD.

On February 9, 2023, a use of force incident occurred involving Mr. Mosley, Jr., and an individual in the 1000 block of First Colonial Road. This incident triggered a standard Use of Force investigation. This stage of review identified concerns with the officer’s actions which resulted in the VBPD Detective Bureau assuming command and opening a criminal investigation. Upon conclusion of the criminal investigation, the Detective Bureau conferred with the Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth Attorney who concurred that criminal charges were warranted.

Mr. Mosley, Jr., (M/24) has been employed as a sworn police officer with the VBPD since 2021. His law enforcement authority has been suspended and he is currently on administrative assignment.

“Upon the review of the facts surrounding this incident, it is my assessment that our officer used a level of force that was neither reasonable nor necessary and that he strayed outside of his oath of responsibility and training. I applaud the officers who immediately stepped in to intervene,” said Police Chief Paul W. Neudigate. “I take no pleasure in the fact that this officer faces criminal charges, but it is vital that we hold our profession accountable for misconduct.”

Every instance where force is used is taken seriously. Our officers receive an extensive amount of training in the academy, which continues throughout their careers, both in annual in-service and specialty training. Training includes the use of communication, emotional intelligence, and de-escalation techniques, as well as active intervention techniques when officers may need to intercede in their colleagues’ application of force.

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