Charlottesville preps for anniversary of deadly rally

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

Last year, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a auto that had plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Two Virginia State Police troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville.

The one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally is looming closer, but that's not stopping people from coming out to Charlottesville's Downtown Mall to enjoy their Friday night.

"Nobody wants to have to live in a situation like that, but given everything that went on a year ago, given that there was an attempt that's kind of fizzled but there was an attempt to kind of bring it back to Charlottesville as they said, I think it's necessary, honestly", Rodi said.

Events will begin Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., the site of last year's demonstration. On Wednesday, Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency to help coordinate planning and response to the anniversary weekend.

ANSWER Coalition also plans on demonstrating in Lafayette Park - the same location as the Unite the Right rally.

"This anniversary is also a time to look forward".

Charlottesville's interim City Manager Mike Murphy said many lessons were learned from last year's tragic events.

During last year's rallies, law enforcement officers stood by while white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, a response that allowed the violence to spiral out of control, an independent investigation found.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.

"We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017". The vehicle plowed through the crowed following the shutdown of the Unite the Right rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" and counter-protesters clashed near Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

Marchers in this weekend's Unite the Right 2 white nationalist rally may have a harder time getting a ride or a room. In the year since, many residents like Wilson say the wounds haven't healed. Newsham said Washington law allows police to ban guns from certain areas when they deem it necessary.

This weekend's event is expected to draw white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan supporters, just like the first event in Charlottesville.

"The goal of all of law enforcement on that particular day is to make sure no one gets hurt, and nothing gets broken", said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Several peaceful events are planned in Charlottesville to commemorate last year's event and promote racial healing.

"They marched chanting the slogans "Jews will not replace us" and 'blood and soil, ' a classic Nazi chant", Lance said of the Virginia rally.

The area also includes the street where Heather Heyer was killed when a man attending the rally is accused of plowing into a crowd of people with his auto. James Fields was charged with a hate crime for the death of Heather Heyer and is now on trial.

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