The Governor of Virginia defended law enforcement, after an alt-right organizer laid blame for the protest turning violent and resulting in one fatality and several injured, on the police.
According to the New York Times, Virginia’s Democratic governor, law enforcement did “great work” in handling what proved to be “a very delicate situation.”
His statement comes on the heels of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the alt-right protest, saying that the protestors only wanted for a peaceful rally, then blamed their violence on law enforcement officials. All the of the nonsense started over the removal of a statue of a Confederate general. The “Unite the Right” rally, held Saturday, came to a head when racist protestors clashed with counter-protestors. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Friday before the rally was even set to begin.
While the governor estimates 80 percent of both the protestors and the counter protesters were likely armed, “not a shot was fired.”
The governor continued:
‘It’s easy to criticize, but I can tell you this, 80 percent of the people here had semiautomatic weapons. And yet not a shot was fired, zero property damage.’
According to the governor, the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who lost her life when an alt-right proprietor rammed his car into a crowd of people, was not preventable.
‘You can’t stop some crazy guy who came here from Ohio and use his car as a weapon. He’s a terrorist.’
In a press conference, alt-right organizer Jason Kessler said that law enforcement workers just made things worse by not separating opposing groups at the rally.
‘The blame for today’s violence is primarily the result of the Charlottesville government officials and the law enforcement officers which failed to maintain law and order by protecting the First Amendment rights of the participates of the “Unite the Right” rally.’
Kessler says that the police didn’t follow the plan that had been set out ahead of time for the rally, exacerbating the already chaotic situation. Later, Kessler was mobbed by angry protestors who tackled and chased him.
Most lawmakers have roundly condemned the violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend.
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