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Blue Kneels Too

A Conversation with RaShall Brackney

Dr. RaShall Brackney is a recognized expert in community-police relations, procedural and restorative justice practices, and harm reduction. She currently is the Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Virginia. In this episode, Chanda and RaShall talk about how RaShall got into police work, the steps she’s taken to build community trust in her department, and her personal and professional responses to George Floyd’s murder.

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About Our Guest

RaShall Brackney

Prior to her appointment as the Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. RaShall M. Brackney retired after 30 years with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Additionally, she served as the Chief of Police for the George Washington University.

Dr. Brackney is a recognized expert in the areas of harm reduction, procedural and restorative justice practices, and community-police relations. Additionally, as a result of her work in social and racial justice, Dr. Brackney was granted a fellowship to Carnegie-Mellon University’s, Institute for Politics and Strategy where she specializes in the influence of race on politics and policy.

Dr. Brackney earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. Dr. Brackney is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection course in Washington, D.C., and Leadership Pittsburgh XIX