Petition Calls for CPD Chief Brackney to Resign Over Gun Control Comments
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Testimony on Capitol Hill now has Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney under the microscope.
Brackney recently spoke to lawmakers about gun violence. However, the chief’s comments about banning certain types of weapons are now prompting hundreds to call for Brackney’s resignation.
"Any weapon that can be used to hunt individuals should be banned," said Brackney during her testimony for the Protecting America from Assault Weapons hearing Wednesday, September 25.
Brackney spoke as a representative for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, telling lawmakers last week, "It is our organization's opinion that violence - particularly gun violence - is a public health issue."
"I'm not sure that the chief needs to resign over this, but I do think the chief needs to clarify," said former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling. "That's a very broad statement, and any weapon that can be used to hunt a person would not necessarily be limited to firearms."
A spokesperson for the Charlottesville Police Department stated that the city manager and City Council knew about Brackney’s planned testimony.
"Providing testimony regarding the impact of assault weapons on our community, the law enforcement community, and the nation are the exact duties Chief Brackney is paid to perform," said the spokesperson in a statement.
NBC29 requested an on-camera interview with the chief Wednesday, Oct 2, but was told Brackney was on official business and not available.