Unconfirmed but reliable sources deep inside local government have told The Schilling Show that Chief Al Thomas is scheduled to tender his resignation from the Charlottesville Police Department.
The Chief’s decision reportedly comes as a result of political pressure from Charlottesville City Council.
Chief Thomas has been under extreme scrutiny since law enforcement’s use of tear gas at Charlottesville’s July 8 KKK rally. The local political hierarchy —City Manager (and Director of Public Safety) Maurice Jones, and Mayor Michael Signer—subsequently instructed Thomas to avoid using similar tactics during the August 12 Unite the Right rally. A civilian and two Virginia State Police officers perished in the ensuing melee.
A closed-session, special meeting of the Charlottesville City Council has been called for 10:00 AM as provided by Section 2.2-3711 (A) (1) of the Virginia Code, which states:
A. Public bodies may hold closed meetings only for the following purposes: ￼
1. Discussion, consideration, or interviews of prospective candidates for employment; assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees, or employees of any public body; and evaluation of performance of departments or schools of public institutions of higher education where such evaluation will necessarily involve discussion of the performance of specific individuals. Any teacher shall be permitted to be present during a closed meeting in which there is a discussion or consideration of a disciplinary matter that involves the teacher and some student and the student involved in the matter is present, provided the teacher makes a written request to be present to the presiding officer of the appropriate board. Nothing in this subdivision, however, shall be construed to authorize a closed meeting by a local governing body or an elected school board to discuss compensation matters that affect the membership of such body or board collectively. [emphasis added]
In addition, a mandatory all-employee meeting of the Charlottesville Police Department has been slated for Friday afternoon. Albemarle County Police will be covering Charlottesville during the meeting.