Virginia police chief retires after criticism over rally

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In a Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 file photo, Charlottesville Police Chief Al S. Thomas Jr. exits the memorial service for Heather Heyer, at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Va. Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. Thomas Jr., who was criticized over the department’s response to the violent white nationalist rally this summer, announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately.

The first African-American police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, abruptly retired Monday, about two weeks after a scathing independent review criticized his “slow-footed response” to violence at a white nationalist rally this summer.