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Former CPD Chief Brackney files complaint against Charlottesville, seeks $3M

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 9:37 AM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney wants the city to pay her $3 million, claiming her contract wrongfully terminated.

Brackney and her attorney, Charles Tucker of the Cochran Firm, both spoke to the media outside City Hall Tuesday, November 9.

“I continue to experience and I’m subjected to humiliating acts of discrimination, continued disparate treatment, harassment, and retaliation all of which result in an undue stress and continue to create a hostile work environment for me,” Brackney said. “I’ve had to sit in silence, as these baseless attacks and the public messaging have suggested that my contract was terminated for cause, and this has been demeaning.

Tucker says they have have filed complaints internally with CPD’s human resources, as well as externally with the Office of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the NAACP.

“Brackney alleges that following the termination the City of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Police Dept. engaged in a campaign of coordinated retaliation and acts to directly defame her and besmirch her reputation,” the firm stated in a media release Monday, Nov. 8.

Brackney’s contract was suddenly terminated back in September by then-City Manager Chip Boyles. Charlottesville says the move came due in part to surveys from the city and Police Benevolent Association that showed a majority of officers were dissatisfied with her leadership.

Tucker alleges that there were talks between city councilors and Boyles about Brackney’s future as early as August 2.

“The decision was already made to terminate,” the attorney claimed.

Two days after the city announced it terminated Brackney’s contract, it released a statement Boyles’ action, saying in part, ”In order to dismantle systemic racism and eliminate police violence and misconduct in Charlottesville, we need a leader who is not only knowledgeable in that work, but also is effective building collaborative relationships with the community, the department, and the team at City Hall.”

Brackney and her attorney say they will consider taking the complaint to federal court if the city does not respond in a short time period.

“The city, they sent a very clear message, a message that proclaims throughout CPD and City Hall that the good-old-boy system of patronage and insularity are alive and well in Charlottesville,” Brackney said.

A Charlottesville spokesperson says the city has no comment at this time.

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