Who ordered the police to stand down when thugs started attacking lawful protesters?
The ACLU of Virginia is reporting police were ordered NOT to stop the violent attack by the alt-left on lawful protesters in Charlottesville.
Rally organizers spent over a month getting permits and working with law enforcement to ensure their rally was peaceful, but then Charlottesville’s mayor tried to take away their permits at the last minute.
The ACLU and Rutherford Institute sued the mayor because citizens have a right to protest, and the courts agreed.
But when Mayor Mike Signer lost in court, he did the unthinkable. He told the police not to interfere when Antifa attacked.
Then Governor McAuliffe threw more gas onto the fire.
This is absolutely appalling:
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017
Where in the U.S. are police told they must NOT act to protect citizens until they are given permission from politicians to step in?
“Alt-right and White nationalist rallygoers are pointing fingers at the counterprotesters who showed up to denounce them. Anti-racist protesters say “Unite the Right” rally participants were yelling racial epithets and provoking confrontation.
But both sides agree that one group didn’t do enough to prevent the violence as the crowds grew and tensions flared: the police.
Critics say both Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police stood on the sidelines Saturday as skirmishes erupted between White nationalists and members of Antifa, a broad movement of left-leaning groups. The two groups confronted each other in Emancipation Park with shields and pepper spray.
It wasn’t until police declared the rally an “unlawful assembly” and Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency that police ordered the gathering to break up and scattered the crowds throughout the city.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed after a young man rammed a car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
Jason Kessler, who organized the “Unite the Right” rally, quickly blamed the police for not keeping the peace.
“The blame for today’s violence lies primarily with the Charlottesville government officials and the police officers who failed to maintain law and order, protect the First Amendment rights of rally participants, and provide for their safety,” Kessler said in a statement Sunday morning.
He said officers stood idly by as counterprotesters “attacked participants of the rally” before riot police broke up the crowds.
“Instead of maintaining law and order,” Kessler said, “the police purposefully created the catastrophe that led to a melee in the streets of Charlottesville and the death of a counterprotester.”
Instead of standing up for law and order, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe attacked one side of the protesters, the ones who tried to have a lawful protest.
He did not stand up for law and order…instead he declared that protestors who worked to get permits and who tried to work with law enforcement were to blame. He even blamed the ACLU for the violence.
From the Independent:
“Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted the planned White nationalist rally.
“I have a message to all the White supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: go home,” McAuliffe told a news conference.
“You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”
Wait a minute. These were the citizens who worked to get a permit to hold a lawful protest in America.
These were the citizens who tried to work with police to make sure their protest was peaceful.
But when violent counter-protesters showed up without a permit, didn’t work with police, and wore masks to cover up their identity and attack lawful citizens, the governor jumps to defend them?
Who do you think is responsible for the carnage in Charlottesville?
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