DAILY CALLER: HOW POLICE CLEARED CHARLOTTESVILLE PROTESTS – WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!

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The initial scene Phillip Stucky

 

  • Members of the alt-right groups were attacked from the north by state police. Members of antifa and Black Lives Matter came in from the south and the east
  • We ran over to discover that the new group was a battalion of antifa members from all across the country
  • “The police actually allowed us to square off against each other,” a Black Lives Matter protester told CNN. “There were fights and the police were standing a block away the entire time. It’s almost as if they wanted us to fight each other
  • The police stayed in the park to ensure that no one attempted to regain the public space, but protesters spit on and continued to harass the white supremacists as they maintained a line through the street
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) initially reported that members of the local police department were ordered to stand down and not engage with members of either the rally or protest in any way, according to the ACLU’s paid observers

 

An Exclusive Look At How Virginia Police Emptied Emancipation Park

Ted Goodman by Daily Caller

 

The Daily Caller News Foundation provides an exclusive look into what steps the police took in their effort to clear the park, based on accounts from reporters on the ground.

 

The call for police assistance echoed through the streets until police took control of the downtown area after a car slammed into a group of protestors Saturday afternoon. Several protesters cited the lack of a police presence as they tried to get help for their injured.

“Where are the police?” One antifa protester said in the crowd. “I don’t see any police here!”

“The police actually allowed us to square off against each other,” a Black Lives Matter protester told CNN. “There were fights and the police were standing a block away the entire time. It’s almost as if they wanted us to fight each other.”

The police initially offered to keep the rally attendees and the protesters separated. The department provided a line of police support at the southern edge of the park. Both Charlottesville Police (CPD) and Virginia State Police were present on the scene Saturday morning, but CPD maintained control of the scene until Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. The state police took control of the scene and pushed rally attendees and protesters together on East Main Street. Police then stood back, only stepping in to intervene after a white supremacist ran a Dodge Challenger through a crowd of protesters.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) initially reported that members of the local police department were ordered to stand down and not engage with members of either the rally or protest in any way, according to the ACLU’s paid observers. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas quickly refuted that report during a press conference Monday afternoon. He said that members of the police force pulled back because Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in order to change into protective riot gear. He also argued that limited resources resulted in the stretched law enforcement, according to the New York Post.

McAuliffe originally asserted during a Sunday interview that the police didn’t come between the protesters and members of the alt-right protest because of the existence of the militia during an interview with The New York Times.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/16/an-exclusive-look-at-how-virginia-police-emptied-emancipation-park/

 

The initial scene Phillip Stucky

The red lines in the photo above illustrate the area blocked off my local and state police. The white arrow shows the route taken by members of the alt-right, and the yellow arrow shows the path taken by a majority of the antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters towards the event.

Members of law enforcement blocked off the north, east, and west entrances of the park, leaving only the south entrance open. Members of state police occupied a line through the middle of the park to ensure that there was a barrier between the alt-right rally in the park and the antifa and Black Lives Matters protesters on East Market Street. Attendees entered the park from the westward stair of Emancipation Park starting at about 8:00 AM until the initial conflict began around 10:00 a.m.

 

 

Initial Confrontations Phillip Stucky

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. we noticed protesters making way for a new group marching from the east. We ran over to discover that the new group was a battalion of antifa members from all across the country

 

State Police Take Control Of The Scene Phillip Stucky

Then the armored troop transports moved up on either side of the park. State police removed metal barriers that kept white supremacists from the statue and began moving forward in a single line, with each officer standing shoulder to shoulder with the other, carrying shields.

 

Protesters and Police surround White Supremacists Phillip Stucky

 

Members of the alt-right groups were attacked from the north by state police. Members of antifa and Black Lives Matter came in from the south and the east

Protesters clash with white supremacists Phillip Stucky

Members of the multi-state militia fell back to behind the police line as chaos erupted on the street. The police stayed in the park to ensure that no one attempted to regain the public space, but protesters spit on and continued to harass the white supremacists as they maintained a line through the street. Several skirmishes broke out and members of the rally attacked protesters with sticks.

 

Map of downtown Charlottesville Phillip Stucky

 

We trailed a group that marched to the east towards a local parking garage. Several members of Antifa trailed the group as they marched.

Several white supremacists tackled a protester to the ground and beat him in a particularly bad fight, chipping his tooth and breaking several bones. A local police officer charged out of the nearby police headquarters with a hand-held Taser, pushing past me as he broke up the fight.

 

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/16/an-exclusive-look-at-how-virginia-police-emptied-emancipation-park/

 

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