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Report on the events in Charlottesville released

Report on the events in Charlottesville released

Charlottesville, VA hired former US Attorney Tim Heaphy to conduct an independent review of the events of August 12, when violence broke out during a white supremacist rally. The 207 page document was recently released, and seems to present an unbiased examination of the situation. Heapy’s report points to a lack of communication and inter-agency cooperation. Police were also reported to have avoided stepping in as the various groups clashed, and even ignored reports of gunfire, according to Frank Buck, former mayor of Charlottesville. Law enforcement seemed simultaneously under prepared and over prepared. When the congregation of Beth Israel requested a police officer to be stationed at the synagogue, they were told that there would be an unarmed officer on a nearby street corner. The congregation ultimately hired a private security firm. On the other hand, state police wanted to put snipers on the roof of Christ Episcopal Church. The church had initially offered to let the police use the building as a staging ground, but when they heard about the sniper plan, permission was withdrawn.

The full report can be found here.


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Cynthia Katsarelis

I’m getting really tired of all the false equivalencies in our discourse. The right and left were not equally bad. The extreme right hates African Americans, Jewish people, LGBTQI people, and seem to feel entitled to intimidate unarmed counter-protesters with weapons. A small handful of people from the left seemed ready to engage in fights against Nazi’s and Confederates, which was somehow honorable from 1861-65 and 1941-45, and took it upon themselves to protect the clergy and whatnot. These two things are not the same. I don’t condone violence from the Anti-fascists, but it was far less than the right and for a far better cause. False equivalencies are killing us.


Took some reading but I did find the sharpshooter plan on page 74-75. Having spent the last forty years in public service in law enforcement and as a volunteer firefighter I find this disturbing. I visit this church from time to time when I do not have a priest available. Back in May I parked next to the Lee statue and attended the evening service. After I left a crowd gathered and spay painted obscene words on the statue.

Cynthia Katsarelis

Christ Church was well within its moral obligations to refuse to allow snipers on their roof. It isn’t clear to me why the police couldn’t use the church for staging, but without snipers. There is a big difference between using sacred space to keep the peace vs. using it for potential killing.

Dana Lee

The Left orchestrated the whole thing – Democrat officials allowed the Neo Nazis to march so it would look bad for our POTUS and the Republicans. Again, the Episcopalians are in the middle of controversy. Why didn’t they let the police snipers be on the roof??? These are crazy times and we need to be vigilant. We need to become like Israel – armed and ready to defend ourselves within our country.

Scott Knitter

Sorry to see your desire for that sort of world, Dana. It’s not one I’d want to live in.

Marshall Scott

James, I do see your reference. I do wonder whether better planning over all would have offered time to work out with Christ Church (and with the Library) a clearer way to participate – and one more appropriate than offering “sniper positions.” I would think the issues that rose from attempting to change the location made it harder for Christ Church to prepare, as they did generally.

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