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Charlottesville hires first black female police chief

MAKING HISTORY: RaShall M. Brackney

ON MONDAY (May 21) Charlottesville City Council approved 55-year-old Brackney as the city’s first female African American chief of police.

It comes after the resignation of the former black chief Al Thomas, who departed after the violent aftermath of last years Neo-Nazi rally.

He faced scrutiny for his “slow footed” response to the white nationalists’ groups that were operating at the street protest. The events made international news when a vehicle ploughed into the crowd of people and hit and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Brankley, who was chosen out of 169 applicants, is a retired 30-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and a former chief of the George Washington University Police Department.

As she embarks on the new mission to reconcile the city’s damage, Brackney told the crowd at the council meeting: “I know Charlottesville has undergone a lot of trauma and turmoil, particularly in the last year. Know that I’m not here to add to your burden at all.”

“If anything, I’m here to see if there’s a way to move the conversation forward, particularly around policing, policing equity and narrowing the gap between the communities we serve and represent,” she said.

Brackley told residents, that she would rebuild residents “trust in the police by serving and listening to people's concerns.”

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