Va. Gov., City Of Charlottesville Declare “State Of Emergency” Ahead Of 1-Year Anniversary Of KKK Murder

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Commonwealth of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville have declared states of emergency ahead of the anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in the city that left one woman dead and several others injured.
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The Virginia state of emergency ordered by Northam, will allow state agencies to quickly mobilize resources to aid local authorities, the governor’s office said. The order, which also allows Virginia National Guard to assist in security efforts, was announced Wednesday afternoon as Charlottesville officials held a news conference on the city’s efforts to prepare for the anniversary of the Aug. 12 rally.

 

The state of emergency comes as a number of groups and counter-protesters have rallies planned this weekend to mark the anniversary in Virginia and downtown Washington, D.C.

 

 

During the news conference, interim Charlottesville City Manager Mike Murphy said he had also issued a local emergency declaration. Law enforcement officials said Charlottesville residents should expect a heavy police presence, road closures and parking restrictions this weekend.

 

Last August’s rally saw violent clashes break out between white nationalist-affiliated rallygoers and counter-protesters.

 

Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters. Two Virginia State Police troopers who were monitoring the protests were killed when their helicopter crashed. Dozens of others were injured.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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