Brackney speaks out, moving forward with lawsuit against the city
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The city of Charlottesville is set to face a $3 million lawsuit.
Former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney is filing the suit alleging discrimination.
She filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming she faced discrimination based on race and sex.
Her deadline to settle with the city was last week, so now it's heading for legal action.
"There really is no hope for police reform at this point in time," Brackney said.
She was abruptly fired three months ago.
"I was completely shocked. I was completely caught off guard. I mean I was personally and professionally humiliated,” Brackney recalled.
Fired without cause is the reason Brackney says she was given for her termination, but she later learned officers threatened to leave if changes at the top weren't made.
"Last week, six officers walked out the door at CPD. Again, six left. If I'm the reason they were going to leave, then they should be here,” Brackney claimed.
She says some members within the police department were upset with her decision to fire an officer, who she alleges had bad behavior.
But Brackney says reforming the police department and weeding out bad actors is what she was brought in to do.
"It exemplifies the status quo, it exemplifies privilege. It exemplifies supremacy and how they can treat individuals,” she added.
Brackney's attorney, Charles Tucker, Jr., says, no one filed a complaint about Brackney, her actions, or her behavior.
In fact, Tucker says former City Manager Chip Boyles, who fired Brackney, did the opposite.
"He made note that he had not only paid attention but had followed her throughout her tenure, admiring some of the things that she was doing within the police department and talked about how he wished more chiefs were like her,” Tucker said.
With nearly 38 years of experience in law enforcement, Brackney claims she's an expert in police reform and she says this makes her termination more troublesome.
"If you can do this to me, imagine what's going on in other communities,” Brackney added.
Of the members of the Charlottesville City Council who were contacted for comment on Wednesday, only Mayor Nikuyah Walker responded, saying she can't speak on the potential pending litigation.