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Virginia State Police Say They Didn't Find Caches of Weapons in Charlottesville

19 August 2017

On the edges of the rally, volunteer street medics tended to the wounded as those present shared spare face masks to protect one another from the pepper spray hanging in the humid Virginia air.

He also said "alt-right" rally attendees had failed to follow an agreed-upon plan on entering Emancipation Park. White nationalists and counter-demonstrators tore through Charlottesville's historic downtown mall, many still carrying makeshift weapons, including large flagpoles and wooden signposts, which Stephens said are typically prohibited at protests.

"No, the State Police did not have inferior equipment", Geller told the Free Beacon on Monday. On Monday, Virginia State Police said they were not outgunned by any of the Charlottesville protesters and were well prepared to handle the event. Tear gas was not used by authorities.

"We had very good intelligence, who was coming, what they were planning on doing", McAuliffe said, praising police intelligence and response to a gathering that turned violent. "We urged leaders from both sides to engage in a nonviolent demonstration".

Thomas said it took officers about an hour to regain control of the streets. It also included Jacob Leigh Smith, a counter-protester who allegedly punched a reporter, and Ian M. Hoffmann, who was accused of assault and battery during a Friday night clash on the University of Virginia campus, alongside numerous unrelated crimes. The crash killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

During his court appearance on Monday, he was formally charged with second-degree murder, along with other charges, and denied bond.

The city had planned to keep the Fourth Street crossing on the Downtown Mall, where the crashed occurred, closed until 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Once the auto plowed into the crowd, the police stepped in, Straughn said.

Both the ACLU of Virginia and the Rutherford Institute received blame from some for the turn of events Saturday due to their representation. "But in terms of being a presence at the park, at the rally, they were not there". But it was a challenge. "We certainly have regrets". A tipline, (434) 566-1455, and email account,, have been created to let anyone provide information about any relevant incidents that took place during the rally.

Following news reports of a few additional arrests, Dickler told ThinkProgress on Wednesday that she could now confirm eight total arrests related to the rally.

"That was not leadership, what I saw", McAuliffe said. "We lost three lives this weekend - a local citizen and two fellow officers", Thomas said when asked if he had regrets about the preparation of his officers. "This is hatred, and we got to address it. We need to look at who is truly responsible for this and who is truly policing Charlottesville".

Jason Kessler, who organized the "Unite the Right" rally, quickly blamed the police for not keeping the peace. Up until that point, he said, "the police did nothing".

"I hold the alt-right, and these bigots, and literal Nazis and KKK members and all the rest of these haters responsible for what happened this weekend".

Virginia State Police Say They Didn't Find Caches of Weapons in Charlottesville