Police out in full force ahead of white nationalist rally in Washington

April FrancisAug 13, 2018

On Saturday morning, he tweeted that the "riots" in Charlottesville "led to death and division". White supremacy is imprinted in the DNA of this nation, and what we saw in August 2017 was an eruption of that ideology.

He then condemned all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!'

Trump faced immediate backlash over his response to the white supremacist rally a year ago that left one counter protestor dead, saying that there was "blame" as well as "very fine people" on "both sides" of the rally.

The "Rally for Justice" event was tied to the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer. Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring the rally.

Saturday marked the anniversary of a night march by torch-toting white supremacists through the University of Virginia's campus a day ahead of a larger rally in Charlottesville's downtown.

Washington, D.C., is preparing for a white supremacist rally next to the White House on Sunday, one year after the "Unite The Right" demonstration by the same organizer turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va. Police officers cleared a path through the counterprotesters for the group to march through on their way to Lafayette Park outside the White House.

City officials denied requests for event permits in downtown Charlottesville, including one from Jason Kessler, who wanted to hold a "Unite the Right 2" rally in the same place as previous year.

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Some of Trump's critics argued Saturday that his comment to "condemn all types of racism" was just an offshoot of blaming "both sides".

"I will not serve anyone who has any kind of hate in their heart or obvious hate on this weekend or ever", Chef Brian Hill said. James Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, is charged in state court with murder in Heyer's killing and also faces separate hate crime charges in federal court. A review by a former USA attorney found a lack of co-ordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety. The rally was planned by white nationalists across the country, with the stated reason being to protest the removal of a confederate monument.

"Nothing would excite us any better than for this to be noneventful and folks to go home and it be a peaceful weekend for all", Settle said. But 115 miles (185 kilometers) away in Washington, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event will hold a "white civil rights rally", and police are preparing for counterprotesters.

Mr Majuto said police "were not on our side" a year ago when white supremacists surrounded counter-protesters on the rotunda.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted that Heyer's spirit can be seen "in every person who stands up to reject hatred and bigotry".

An independent investigation of last year's rally violence found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.

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