After 2017's Violent Rally, Charlottesville Denies Some 2018 Permits

After 2017's Violent Rally, Charlottesville Denies Some 2018 Permits

City Council will take up the ideas at its meeting Monday night.

On Nov. 27, rally organizer and "pro-white" activist Jason Kessler submitted his application for the event, which he described in his application as a "rally against civil rights abuse".

Citing similar public safety constraints and insufficient police and financial resources, the city denied four other permit requests from opponents and supporters of Kessler to hold events in public parks on the anniversary weekend. Heinecke and Brian Lambert, an ally of Kessler, submitted applications for rallies in nearby Justice and McGuffey parks.

Though the August event was marked by violence from the beginning, as white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed over the removal of Confederate statues in the USA, the rally took a deadly turn when James Fields, Jr. allegedly plowed his auto into a group of protesters, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old activist, and injuring 19 others. " The application also says the anniversary rally is meant to memorialize "the sacrifices made by political dissidents" at his rally earlier this year".

"The decision is bogus and should be reversed in court", his statement to NBC29 says.

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The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, has denied permits for a second "Unite the Right" rally on the anniversary of the one that resulted in a person's death, The New York Times reports. "We're going to be suing Charlottesville for this many other civil rights violations starting early next year". The event was shut down by noon when authorities declared an unlawful assembly.

The city is still dealing with the aftermath of this year's "Unite the Right" rally.

Charlottesville's handling of the Unite the Right rally, particularly its police response, was uniformly criticized in a 207-page independent review released December 1.

On Thursday, 20-year-old James Alex Fields is due in a Charlottesville courtroom for a hearing. Heaphy said Charlottesville police failed to protect the public.

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