Charlottesville denies permit for August 12 white nationalist anniversary rally

Charlottesville denies permit for August 12 white nationalist anniversary rally

Charlottesville's handling of the Unite the Right rally, particularly its police response, was uniformly criticized in a 207-page independent review released December 1.

"The proposed demonstration or special event presents a danger to public safety and it can not be accommodate within a reasonable allocation of city funds and/or police resources", read notices signed by City Manager Maurice Jones.

According to denial letters obtained by The Daily Progress, Charlottesville denied permits for five organizers, including counterprotesters, who wanted to organize events on August 11 and 12, 2018.

The city manager has reportedly denied five applications for demonstrations and events in August 2018. Shortly after, several others, including a city councilor and a professor at the University of Virginia, submitted applications of their own to provide space for counter-protests.

Jason Kessler, an organizer of the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" rally that brought hundreds of armed white nationalists and scores of counter-protesters to Charlottesville, had requested a permit for Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, 2018. Heinecke and Brian Lambert, an ally of Kessler's, submitted dueling applications to reserve Justice and McGuffey parks.

When white nationalists and neo-Nazis wanted to march in Charlottesville again, the Virginia city said no.

In the wake of the violence, President Donald Trump blamed people "on both sides" for what happened. All those applications were rejected over concerns for public safety.

Jones wrote that "no reasonable allocation of city funds or resources can guarantee that event participants will be free of any 'threat of violence'".

In response to the declaration, Kessler called the move "bogus" and that it "should be reversed in court".

The violence that marked the rally worsened when James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer from OH, allegedly drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.

The report claims Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas intentionally let some of the fighting take place so that an unlawful assembly could be declared.



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