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The Virginia state capital is Richmond.
The population of Portsmouth is approximately 103,907 (1990), 95535 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 42,283 (1990), 37324 (2010).
The amount of land area in Portsmouth is 85.843 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 34.896 sq kilometers.
The distance from Portsmouth to Washington DC is 146 miles.
The distance to the Virginia state capital is 78 miles. (as the crow flies)
Portsmouth is positioned 36.85 degrees north of the equator and 76.35 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in southeastern Virginia near Norfolk and Chesapeake. Portsmouth is an independent city, not associated with any county.
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Portsmouth Community News

22 April 2015 - Man shot twice by police officer while resisting arrest, following suspicion of shop lifting. Police responded to a shoplifting call at a store. Evidently the officer struggled with William Chapman(18 yrs old) soon after arriving on the scene. Chapman is black and the officer(Stephen Rankin) is white. According to the officer, he tried to arrest Chapman who resisted. After the officer tried to use his stun gun, which the suspect knocked away, the officer pulled his gun and ordered Chapman to the ground. In response Chapman, according to the officer, charged the officer while yelling at him. Some witnesses reported that Chapman had his hands up in some way either in a threatening manner or in a submissive manner. Some witnesses dispute reports that Chapman charged the officer.

Rankin was eventually Charged with first degree murder(September 2015), at which time he was fired from the police force. At a recent trial(July 2016) Rankin was convicted of manslaughter and will serve up to 10 years in prison.

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