CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS NEWS) -- Legal analyst Scott Goodman says former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney's demand of $3 million for wrongful termination will end up costing the city one way or another.

"Brackney and her attorney know they have the city with its back up against the wall, and it's a very bad position for the city to be in," he said.

The attorney says the city faces two options and they are both expensive. The city will either pay Brackney the $3 million she demands or see her in federal court.

Goodman says if this dispute moves to federal court, there's no question the city will need to hire help from the outside.

"It's just too much for the city attorney's office to begin with. There's already so many things going on in the city administration that the city attorney needs to deal with, but now the city attorney herself is now being accused of driving Miss Brackney out of office," he said.

Goodman says it would be the city's hope to settle this dispute in mediation, but he doesn't believe the former chief of police will make it easy.

"She will name names, alleged certain things involving racial discrimination, sexual discrimination over the head of the city," he added.

Goodman says there are other important things to consider as well. 

"This will divide the city even further," he said. "It's very unfortunate."

On Tuesday, when asked if she would return to the Charlottesville Police Department, and Brackney said everything is on the table. However, Goodman says that's unlikely.

"Everyone knows that will never happen," he said. "She will never ever be chief again here, and she wouldn't be asked to be."

City officials declined to comment for this story.