Report: Police Ordered to Stand-Down at Unite the Right Charlottesville Rally

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Even if this 220 page bombshell report was pretty much ignored by the mainstream media, according to an independent review commissioned by no one else but the city of Charlottesville, Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas is the person responsible for giving law enforcement the order to stand down, because, let me quote:  it would make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”

The review/report was released on Friday and it was prepared by former US Attorney Timothy Heaphy, who claims that various (anonymous) sources from Charlottesville’s law enforcement told him about the police chief’s initial order:

“Let them fight for a little, it will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”

That statement alone goes against everything that good law enforcement officers stand for, and gives good cops a bad name.Go put on your black hoodie and take a walk Al!

The review concludes that if the Charlottesville police had been doing their job, the rally which ended up with a woman dead and scores injured may have turned out to be just another riffraff and sparsely attended meeting of white nationalist speakers.

According to former US Attorney Timothy Heaphy report:

The City was unable to protect the right of free expression and facilitate the permit holder’s offensive speech. This represents a failure of one of government’s core functions—the protection of fundamental rights. Law enforcement also failed to maintain order and protect citizens from harm, injury, and death. Charlottesville preserved neither of those principles on August 12, which has led to deep distrust of government within this community….People were injured in violent confrontations that could have been but were not prevented by police…Some of the individuals who committed those violent acts escaped detection due to police inability or unwillingness to pursue them….

As things degenerated and fights ensued between various protesters/counter-protesters, i.e. antifa and white nationalist groups, the police response was rather sluggish if any. The brawls and street fights were allowed to carry on for more than 40 minutes, until the police declared the rally an unlawful assembly at 11.00 a.m. It didn’t help much that CPD officers did not have riot gear at the ready, i.e. they were unprepared and poorly equipped. The report reads:

“When the CPD officers arrived at the supply trailer, they had to fish through plastic bins to find their gear, which included gas masks, riot shields, and ballistic helmets. For many of them, it was the first time they had ever worn this equipment.”

The police chief is is complicit in every death and injury that occurred there if he directed his force NOT to protect the people exercising their constitutional right of assembly, regardless of the side they were on.

Those who came to disturb the peace should have been immediately warned and then arrested at the first sign of disorderly conduct. People on BOTH sides have a right to expression, opinions, and free speech. None of them have a “right” to create a dangerous environment for anyone else and the second that they do so, they should be held accountable. There’s a very big difference between addressing grievances & expressing beliefs, and instigating/provoking a riot. Every law enforcement officer there who took the oath to serve and protect the community is guilty of conspiracy to start a riot by following the illegal commands of the chief to stand down.