Charlottesville Police Called Off When Violence Began: “We’re Leaving, It’s Too Dangerous”
Fox News reporter Doug McKelway was in attendance during yesterday’s deadly events in Charlottesville, VA, where he reported that the police were called off as soon as things started turning violent.
“But when the tear gas started to fly, thrown by protesters, the police themselves began to evacuate then. I asked the guy who was in charge, “Where you going?” He said, “We’re leaving. It’s too dangerous.” They had a chance to nip this thing in the bud and they chose not to.“
People were throwing soda cans filled with cement…
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) August 12, 2017
Of note, “Unite the right” held a rally which was legally organized with a permit from the city, as was their first amendment right to do so, and Antifa showed up with cement-filled cans and other weapons with plans to violently protest the event – creating a dangerous atmosphere which the police did nothing to control.
The ACLU confirmed that Charlottesville police were ordered to stand down, which allowed the KKK and Antifa to meet face to face with no interference.
ACLU confirms that police were given stand-down order. This invited the violence the city used to shut down a court-permitted protest. https://t.co/FQUhcYaIIm
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) August 12, 2017
— Rep. Steven Smith (@RepStevenSmith) August 13, 2017
Some have suggested that the violent atmosphere and lack of police presence was a factor in the decision and ability of 20 year old white supremacist James Alex Fields to drive his 2010 Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32 year old paralegal Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others.
Fields is expected in court on Monday at 9AM to face one charge of 2nd degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run – which was filmed from several vantage points, including a drone which happened to be above the scene of the crime.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 13, 2017
When approached by a pair of individuals at her home, Fields’ mother said she was unaware of what her son had done, and she thought that he was attending a Donald Trump rally.