Settlement reached in Lucas’ lawsuit against former Portsmouth police chief, case to be dismissed

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas’ lawsuit against former Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene and Portsmouth Police Sergeant Kevin McGee has been settled and will be dismissed, according to court documents filed on December 30.

The court document states:

“At the direction of the Court, we must notify you that the matter will be “dismissed agreed with prejudice” unless an otherwise appropriate stipulation of dismissal or motion requesting entry of an order of dismissal is electronically submitted by counsel within eleven (11) days from the date of this notice. This deadline may be extended only by an order of the Court obtained by counsel.”

Lucas (D-Portsmouth) filed the $6.7 million lawsuit against Greene and McGee in July, alleging the pair worked together to bring baseless felony charges against her after the city’s Confederate monument was destroyed by protesters in June 2020. A man was seriously injured when part of the monument fell on him.

Portsmouth Police charged Lucas and 13 other local Black leaders in the aftermath, but the charges were later dismissed. Lucas alleged that facing the potential of jail time caused her emotional, mental, and physical harm.

Greene was fired from the police department months after the protest. She later filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city, which is still active.

She’s now the police chief in Lexington, Virginia.

However, Greene and her attorney filed a notice in federal court on Jan. 11, saying Greene didn’t participate in any settlement agreement in the case. The document also said Greene will only consent to a dismissal of the case if Lucas agrees to dismiss the case against Greene without any reference to a settlement.

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