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Report: Police Failed to Protect Public, Free Speech at Deadly Charlottesville Rally

An independent review found that city and state police failed to keep protesters and counter-protesters separate and failed to intervene when violence broke out.

By Claire Hansen, Staff Writer |Dec. 1, 2017, at 2:07 p.m.

Report: Police Failed to Protect Public, Free Speech at Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Battle lines form between white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' and anti-fascist counter-protesters at the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The review found the Charlottesville Police Department and the Virginia State Police failed to separate white nationalists and counter-protesters and also failed to intervene in violent confrontations. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Law enforcement organizations responding to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this August failed in crucial ways to protect free speech and prevent violence, a comprehensive independent review of the events released Friday determined.

The review, spearheaded by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and the law firm where he now works, Hunton & Williams, found that the Charlottesville Police Department and the Virginia State Police failed to separate white nationalists and counter-protesters and also failed to intervene in violent confrontations. The report found CPD and VSP failed to communicate effectively in responding to the events.

Charlottesville city officials asked Heaphy to conduct a review of the Aug. 12 rally after facing criticism for their response to the event. The review and ensuing report covers over half a million documents, interviews with 150 people, more than 70 hours of CPD radio communications and nearly 2,000 images and 300 hours of video. The review investigates three white nationalist rallies that occurred in Charlottesville in the spring and summer of 2017, including the violent "Unite the Right" event in August.

"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," the report said. "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."

The "Unite the Right" rally was planned to take place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, led by prominent white nationalists with the purpose of protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue. The night before, "Unite the Right" participants held a march at the University of Virginia that was not permitted, carrying lit tiki torches and chanting racist Nazi phrases before surrounding a group of counter-protestors and instigating violence.

The independent review found that CPD devised "a flawed Operational Plan for the Unite The Right rally," which did not ensure separation of the two groups. CPD officials did not provide adequate training for officers, "leading them uncertain and unprepared for a challenging enforcement environment," and also failed to reach out to officials in other jurisdictions where similar rallies had taken place, the report said. CPD's planning was also marred by confusion after City Council members voted to move the rally to another location against the advice of city officials--a decision that was later nullified by a judge, creating uncertainty.

When violence did erupt between the heavily-armed white nationalists and counter-protesters, city and state police failed to intervene, the report said. When violence was most widespread, "CPD commanders pulled officers back to a protected area of the park," where they stayed for over an hour, according to the report.

"Despite clear evidence of violence, police consistently failed to intervene, de-escalate, or otherwise respond," the report said, adding that police also failed to respond when requested to do so by citizens. "Supervisors devised a poorly-conceived plan that under-equipped and misaligned hundreds of officers. Execution of that plan elevated officer safety over public safety."

At a press conference on Friday, Heaphy said he heard from CPD officers that Chief Al Thomas said at the rally, "Let them fight for a little, it will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly," as reported by the Washington Post.

The report also found poor communication between CPD and VSP, including the absence of a joint meeting directly before the planned rally, and determined VSP "intended and instructed" state officers to engage in a limited manner.

"It is remarkable that VSP officials attended weeks of planning sessions with CPD and weighed in on CPD's operational plans without ever specifying in writing or verbally that VSP did not expect its officers to police serious incidents of lawbreaking by participants," the report said. "Their inaction in the face of violence left the City unprepared—and unaware that it was unprepared—to address one of the predictable risks of the event: brief but serious incidents of interpersonal violence and mutual combat."

The area where Heyer was murdered and others were injured was left unattended by law enforcement officers after a singular officer stationed there was removed, fearing for her safety, and was not replaced, the review found.

The report makes several recommendations for city and state officials going forward, including modifications to laws to prohibit large objects and enact restrictions on firearms at protests, as well as plans to ensure better preparation for potentially volatile events. The report also implores the police department to address fractures of trust between the police and citizens.

"Our evaluation revealed a city divided. We recommend that the City address the issues raised in the wake of these events as a means to restore confidence in government," the report said. "For CPD, this means not only better planning and event management, but also more community engagement, a necessary condition for proactive, effective policing."

The report indicated that Heaphy and his team encountered resistance from multiple organizations including CPD during the course of the independent review. CPD Chief Al Thomas initially limited access to information directly relevant to the rally. Thomas and other CPD officials deleted text messages that were relevant to the review, the report said, and Thomas also used a personal email to conduct CPD business before denying it in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Thomas also introduced CPD members to create various documents outlining CPD's preparations for the rallies, which were entered into files as undated documents. Thomas denied intent to "back-date" the documents, but said they were designed to be used in advance of the rallies, though they were not. The reports says Thomas also tried to gather insight from CPD officers interviewed for the report about the substance of the conversation.

"Chief Thomas's attempts to influence our review illustrate a deeper issue within CPD—a fear of retribution for criticism," the report said. "They described a culture of conformity within the Department that discourages officers from raising issues and providing feedback. These officers suggested that this hierarchical approach hampered the planning for the July 8 and August 12 events, as lieutenants, sergeants, and line officers were not sufficiently consulted or asked to provide input."

Heaphy served as the U.S. Attorney in Virginia from 2009-2015. The Republican Party of Virginia criticized the decision to hire Heaphy, citing past donations to Democratic candidates, according to the Associated Press. Heaphy said his past donations would have no impact on the outcome of the review.

The Charlottesville City Council will discuss the review at its meeting Monday, according to the Post.


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