The first black woman to serve as a police chief in Virginia said Monday that she was forced to resign last week by a group of racist officers who opposed her efforts to change the culture of the Portsmouth Police Department.
The former chief, Tonya D. Chapman, said in a statement that when she took the job in 2016, she knew about “public friction” between city leaders and “the external strife that existed between the community and the Police Department as a result of several officer-involved shootings.”
But she said those tensions soon reached a boiling point when a former officer, Stephen Rankin, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in August 2016 in connection with the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, William Chapman II, who was not related to the former chief. Mr. Rankin was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and was released in November.
After Mr. Rankin’s conviction, “racial tensions within the Police Department became blatantly apparent to me,” Ms. Chapman wrote. That included deeply held prejudice among “a small contingency of the Police Department,” which serves a city of about 95,000 people in Southern Virginia that according to census data is more than 52 percent black.
A spokesman for the Police Department did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.
“Having been a member of two other law enforcement agencies, I have never witnessed the degree of bias and acts of systemic racism, discriminatory practices and abuse of authority in all of my almost 30-year career in law enforcement and public safety,” Ms. Chapman wrote. “I am acutely aware of the differences in the officers’ attitudes and demeanor; therefore, I was determined to change this culture.”
Efforts to reach Ms. Chapman on Monday were unsuccessful.
In her statement, she said that most of the officers on the force supported her reform efforts. But she said she also witnessed racism on the job that was “so inflammatory” that she declined to describe it publicly “out of concern for public safety.” She said she would share her recollections with “the appropriate governmental entity” if called to do so.
The former chief said she faced especially deep hostility from “members of a highly influential fraternal organization,” which she declined to name, who resisted her efforts to change the department.
“My goal was to develop a highly ethical, high performing organization that embraces diversity and treats everyone with respect and dignity,” she wrote. Recently, she said, some of her opponents in that effort “were dealt with in accordance within the disciplinary policies of the Portsmouth Police Department.”
“As with any organization, there were officers in the department that did not like my style of leadership and did not want me to hold them accountable for their actions,” she wrote. “Some quite frankly did not like taking direction from an African-American female.”
Ms. Chapman said her tenure as police chief came to an abrupt end because her opponents on the force appeared to have succeeded in influencing the city manager, L. Pettis Patton. The city manager, whom Ms. Chapman described in her statement as “a mentor and a mother figure to me,” did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.
The former chief said she was summoned last week to Dr. Patton’s office, where the city manager read her a written statement that said she had lost the confidence of the Police Department. Ms. Chapman said the city manager then threatened to fire her if she did not resign, which would allow her to collect two months of severance pay.
“Citizens of Portsmouth, I ask you,” Ms. Chapman wrote, “if I had done anything to warrant my immediate dismissal, would I have been offered a severance?”
Dana Woodson, a spokeswoman for the City of Portsmouth, said on Monday: “We will not be providing any information. This is a personnel matter.”
The Police Association of Virginia declined to comment on Ms. Chapman on Monday, and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Dana G. Schrad, the executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation, said the organization does not comment on the personnel matters of individual police departments.
“All I can say is this,” she wrote in an email. “The public’s demands on police professionals, and especially the chief of police, are extraordinary, and we are disappointed to hear of Chief Chapman’s departure from the Portsmouth Police Department.”B:
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【独】【孤】【伽】【罗】【问】【高】【颎】：“【我】【们】【是】【不】【是】【改】【策】【略】？” 【高】【颎】【左】【思】【右】【想】：“【已】【经】【订】【下】【的】【事】【情】，【要】【改】，【很】【麻】【烦】。【这】【事】【还】【是】【再】【等】【等】【看】。” 【再】【等】【下】【去】【还】【有】【变】【数】，【也】【怕】【事】【情】【不】【可】【控】【制】，【同】【时】【高】【颎】【所】【忧】【虑】【也】【在】【理】。 【独】【孤】【伽】【罗】【不】【得】【不】【再】【慎】【重】【考】【虑】。 【高】【颎】【头】【痛】，【用】【手】【按】【了】【按】【自】【己】【的】【头】：“【如】【果】【我】【们】【有】【个】【帮】【手】【就】【好】【了】。” “【给】【你】【看】买马的网站868525“【你】【看】【着】【点】【妹】【妹】，【别】【只】【顾】【着】【自】【己】【玩】。”【季】【墨】【蹲】【下】【来】，【叮】【嘱】【了】【一】【下】【再】【让】【他】【们】【去】。 “【哦】。”【季】【长】【风】【似】【懂】【非】【懂】【的】【点】【头】，【然】【后】【牵】【着】【妹】【妹】【的】【小】【手】，【兄】【妹】【两】【一】【起】【去】【玩】【新】【玩】【具】。 1478 【季】【墨】【两】【口】【子】【到】【客】【厅】【的】【沙】【发】【坐】【下】。 “【在】【楚】【家】，【还】【好】【吧】。”【张】【瑜】【问】【他】【们】【在】【楚】【家】【的】【情】【况】。 “【嗯】，【暂】【时】【没】【什】【么】【发】【现】，【希】【望】【只】【是】【我】【们】
“【好】。”【胖】【子】【连】【忙】【召】【出】【遁】【甲】，【拍】【了】【拍】【它】【的】【头】【面】【色】【凝】【重】：“【遁】【甲】，【交】【给】【你】【了】。” 【遁】【甲】【看】【了】【他】【一】【眼】，【忽】【的】【变】【身】【为】【一】【个】【盾】【牌】【挡】【在】【他】【的】【面】【前】。 【李】【天】【宝】【张】【了】【张】【嘴】【巴】，【眸】【中】【惊】【诧】，【他】【还】【是】【第】【一】【次】【看】【到】【遁】【甲】【这】【个】【模】【样】。 【说】【实】【话】，【身】【为】【主】【人】【的】【他】【都】【有】【些】【意】【外】。 【反】【应】【过】【来】，【李】【天】【宝】【连】【忙】【拿】【着】【遁】【甲】【挡】【在】【玄】【璟】【幽】【面】【前】，【遁】【甲】【挡】【住】
【黑】【影】【有】【些】【疑】【惑】【的】【看】【着】【站】【着】【的】【距】【离】【十】【分】【远】【的】【温】【圆】【圆】【几】【个】【人】，“【你】【们】【离】【那】【么】【远】【做】【什】【么】？【你】【们】【站】【在】【那】【儿】，【凤】【无】【隐】【睡】【着】【了】，【根】【本】【就】【听】【不】【见】，【好】【吗】？” 【温】【圆】【圆】【嘴】【角】【抽】【了】【抽】，【这】【个】【黑】【影】【挨】【的】【这】【么】【近】【难】【道】【一】【点】【都】【不】【担】【心】【师】【傅】【的】【起】【床】【气】【直】【接】【将】【人】【给】【掀】【飞】【出】【去】【吗】？ 【看】【着】【温】【圆】【圆】【几】【个】【的】【眼】【神】，【黑】【影】【莫】【名】【其】【妙】【的】【看】【了】【一】【眼】【旁】【边】【还】【是】【闭】【着】【眼】
【玉】【佩】？ 【蓝】【川】【描】【述】【了】【一】【下】【玉】【佩】【的】【形】【状】，【叶】【妙】【儿】【大】【惊】，【那】【岂】【不】【是】【她】【手】【中】【的】【龙】【纹】【玉】【佩】？ 【叶】【妙】【儿】【问】【道】，“【那】【玉】【佩】【是】【何】【人】【持】【有】，【应】【该】【不】【是】【普】【通】【人】【吧】！”【徐】【平】【说】【过】，【那】【是】【皇】【子】【才】【配】【拥】【有】【的】。 【蓝】【川】【解】【释】【道】，“【那】【玉】【佩】【曾】【是】【当】【年】【昭】【阳】【王】【的】【玉】【佩】，【曾】【不】【幸】【走】【失】，【如】【今】【在】【郴】【王】【宣】【于】【寒】【熙】【的】【手】【里】？” 【叶】【妙】【儿】【缓】【了】【缓】【心】【神】，【想】【着】【那】