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Another recruit injured as Norfolk Police Chief briefs council

13NEWS / WVEC.com

January 25, 2011

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NORFOLK -- On Tuesday, police chief Bruce Marquis will brief council members on the investigation into the death of recruit John Kohn.

The meetings happen just after 13News learned of another incident involving a police recruit.

On Tuesday afternoon about 3:45 p.m., another recruit was injured while at the 2nd precinct training center in the 2500 block of Military Highway.

According to Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos, a female recruit slipped and another recruit fell ontop of her, knocking the wind out of her.  An ambulance was called but not needed.  Amos said the recruit may be looked at by a doctor.

Meanwhile, there are two meetings Tuesday with potential significance for Marquis. The first is at 4:00 p.m., which is the informal session of city council. One of the agenda items is a briefing on the death of John Kohn by the chief.

During that first meeting, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said he still has confidence in Police Chief Bruce Marquis.

"The police chief is in good shape," Fraim told 13News before the City Council was to meet with Marquis Tuesday afternoon.

At 7:00 p.m., council convenes in formal session. At the end, at least three retired officers -- and anybody in the public -- can address the council to talk about Kohn, the chief, or any issue on their minds.

Incoming city manager Marcus Jones starts work next week.  City code leaves selection of the police chief to the city manager.

Fraim said Jones will review all senior positions, including the chief's.  Fraim said the city council should not bias the new city manager when it comes to personnel decisions.

Norfolk City Council, meantime, will not discuss the consultant's report on the future of The Waterside Festival Marketplace as planned.  Officials say the agenda is full, so that discussion will take place at another time. That date has not been announced.

This is not the first time Chief Marquis has been under fire for his actions.

In 2004, councilman Paul Riddick sought to oust Marquis after comments appearing to blame undercover officer Seneca Darden for  his own death.

In 2009, the city manager investigated Marquis for using drug forfeiture money to buy souvenir mugs for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Conference.

Last year, some questioned why Marquis didnít cut his vacation short when officer Victor Decker was found murdered in Virginia Beach.