CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Former Police Chief RaShall Brackney has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville and city officials, both current and former.

The list of defendants includes the City of Charlottesville, former City Manager Chip Boyles, City Attorney Lisa Robertson, former City Councilor Heather Hill, current Mayor Lloyd Snook, Councilor Sena Magill, former Police Civilian Review Board Chair Bellamy Brown, Assistant Police Chief Tito Durrette, former Police Chief James Mooney, the Police Benevolent Association Central Virginia Chapter President Michael Wells, and former city Communications Director and FOIA officer Brian Wheeler.

Brackney made the announcement outside the federal courthouse in Charlottesville on Wednesday afternoon.

The 73-page lawsuit outlines what she says happened to her after she took steps to repair a department she says was in disarray, instability, and chaos when she arrived in 2018.

Brackney says the actions she took led to her being retaliated against and then fired.

"The city of Charlottesville and CPD was and still is so invested in its racial paternalism, misogyny, nepotism, they would rather conspire to oust me than dismantle or confront corrupt, violent, individuals in CPD and still in city government," she said during the Wednesday press conference.

The lawsuit outlines how Brackney disbanded the department's SWAT team after investigating videos showing alleged police misconduct and discriminatory behavior.

Brackney also fired or suspended members of the department involved in the alleged behavior in June 2021.

"Text messages and videos talking about killing the commander officers and letting God sort them out, praising one officer for abusing his children by forcing them to violently fight for his amusement, and impregnating a trainee officer. This conduct was described as officers just being silly," said Brackney's attorney, Charles Tucker.

"The defendants and other city officials worked so diligently to terminate my contract without cause and to halt the work of dismantling institutional racism and supremacy in CPD," she said.

Brackney claims a survey was distributed to the department shortly thereafter that targeted her and was intentionally worded negatively.

She then claims city leadership intentionally damaged her reputation so she could be fired.

"Instead of focusing on the officers and city personnel, who they know who were violent, racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, xenophobic extremist, they focused on me," Brackney said.

Brackney was fired without cause on Sept. 1, 2021.

When asked for a comment, Snook said he has not yet seen the lawsuit and has no comment. The Charlottesville Police Department declined to comment. On the advice of his counsel, Brown also declined to comment.

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