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Federal judge says Brackney's suit goes to trial

Charlotte Rene
Charlottesville Tomorrow
RaShall Brackney at the announcement of her $10 million lawsuit in June.

Editor's note, September 5, 2022: Another order filed on September 2 referred this case to Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou instead of Hoppe.

A federal judge has ordered the $10 million lawsuit that Charlottesville's former police chief filed against city officials will go to trial. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Charlottesville officials asked U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon to dismiss former Police Chief RaShall Brackney's lawsuit, as The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

But the judge filed an order on Thursday declaring that the case is set for a jury trial – the date of which is yet to be determined. The parties do have the option of settling out of court beforehand. Moon also referred the case to another federal judge in the Western Virginia district – Joel Hoppe.

Brackney filed her suit for $10 million in June against the city of Charlottesville; former City Manager Chip Boyles, who fired her; and nine other city officials, assistant police chiefs, and the president of the local police union. The suit alleges racial, color, and gender discrimination during her employment and as factors in her termination.

The pretrial order establishes a two-week period for setting the trial date.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.