Not necessarily. The police chief is a public figure, which means he also has to prove that the defamation was also accompanied by malice. That is notoriously difficult to do in a court of law.
The other question is who is going to pay for the legal fees. If I was a citizen I would seriously question this. In addition most lawyers won't take defamation suits on contingency because of the small settlements usually gained.
All in all I suspect that this is mostly an effort to intimidate.
The guy should be sacked.
why are DVD sales dramatically declining?
I can get almost every movie I want (older titles) borrowed, used, or from the library. VHS tapes wear out much faster than DVDs, and even when a DVD gets scratched, a little polishing compound will bring it back. I saw some DVDs at Staples that would self destruct after 48 hours. For $0.25 - $0.99 I might have tried one, but the titles were terrible and they wanted $5.00 each. No thank you.
A lot of the online content was never available on DVD because it didn't have enough audience to justify a pressing. Online will take over because it offers relatively instant gratification, a big feature that DVD and Blu-ray can't match. People like getting what they want.
While I don't cheer the information, the frankness impresses me.