'I am being wrongfully terminated for upholding the law': Ousted Virgina Police Chief Angela Greene will sue after she was dismissed amid outrage for charging Democrat State Senator and protesters with destroying Confederate statues
Ousted Virginia Police Chief Angela Greene decried her Monday dismissal from office saying, 'I am being wrongfully terminated for upholding the law.'
Greene, the chief of the Portsmouth Police Department, was given the boot on Monday moments after criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders who had been accused of conspiring to damage a Confederate statue during a protest earlier this year.
She says that her removal is politically motivated and she plans to file a lawsuit against her dismissal.
'Unfortunately, right now, I believe I am a highly qualified, educated, competent black woman in a profession that is race-neutral as the chief of police… And right now I am being wrongfully terminated because I upheld the law and my belief that no one is above the law,' she said Wednesday night on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight.
周三晚上，她在福克斯新闻的《今夜塔克·卡尔森》节目中说，不幸的是，现在，我相信自己是一名资历很高、受过良好教育、有能力的黑人女性，身处一个种族中立的行业--…警察局长，而现在我被错误地解雇了，因为我维护了法律，而且我相信没有人可以凌驾于法律之上，“她在福克斯新闻的《今夜塔克·卡尔森》(Tucker Carlson Tonight)节目中说。
'I was also punished because I refused to treat criminal behavior by alleged perpetrators based on their race, creed, gender, or political affiliations,' she added.
In the case state Sen. Louise Lucas, a high ranking Democrat who is Virginia's most senior black legislator, and 18 other plaintiffs including members of the local NAACP chapter and a school board member were charged for trying to vandalize the controversial statue during a protest on June 10.
At the Portsmouth protest protesters ripped off the heads of some of the city's Confederate statues and toppled another one. Police said that fallen statue fell and critically injured a demonstrator.
Portsmouth Police charged Lucas and the 18 other plaintiffs in August with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000.
When Greene announced the charges she said Lucas and others 'conspired and organized to destroy the monument as well as summon hundreds of people to join in felonious acts.'
In a probable cause statement police said that Lucas was with people who had cans of spray paint and she told cops they were going to vandalize the statues adding 'and you can't stop them... they got a right, go ahead!'
In a motion to dismiss the case filed by the Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Office, it argued that there was no 'proper evidence' to support the charges brought by the police that the plaintiff's actions 'rise to the level of felony destruction of property or conspiracy.'
Protests had unfolded in Portsmouth, a predominantly black city, following the police killing of George Floyd in May.
Host Carlson noted how the former governor of the commonwealth of Virginia condemned Greene in a statement for issuing warrants for the protest.
'In Virginia, you're still allowed to arrest officeholders if they commit felonies, right?' Carlson asked.
'That is correct, sir, yes,' Greene replied.
'So I guess my question stands. How in the world could you have been fired for this?' he asked.
'That is why we are going to pursue legal remedies in this matter,' she replied.
On Monday during a news conference she said that officials didn't give her a reason for the firing other than she was an 'at-will employee.'
'I will say that I am an at-will employee, but there are recognized exceptions to the at-will employee doctrine and some of those exceptions cannot be terminated for upholding the law or for me refusing to listen to a request to ignore laws,' she replied to Carlson.
On Monday a city spokeswoman declined to say whether Greene's firing was a result of the initial charges.
A judge dismissed the charges against the group on Monday and questioned why police brought the charges.
City leaders had also questioned Greene’s involvement in investigating the Confederate statue protest and local activists called for her resignation or firing. At the same time rallies took place in Portsmouth in support of her.
In September Greene took an indefinite leave of absence. She became chief in 2019.
In response to the news, Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted: 'Our hero Louise Lucas and her fellow proud Portsmouth citizens deserve our admiration. Grateful this despicable political persecution is over.'