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Portsmouth police chief said she was fired, plans to sue

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 10:42:27-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The police chief in the Virginia city of Portsmouth has been fired. Her termination comes three months after her department charged a state senator and several others with defacing a Confederate monument.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Angela Greene said she plans to sue for wrongful termination.

Greene's department filed charges against state Sen. Louise Lucas and others after a protest in June drew hundreds of people to the city’s Confederate monument.

Heads were ripped off some of the monument’s statues while one was pulled down, critically injuring a demonstrator.

The charges were filed without the cooperation of the city’s prosecutor. And legal observers have questioned the strength of the case because it was based on Lucas's words, not her actions.