Protesters from both sides of Saturday’s conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, have criticized the efforts of police to reign in the violence that took place prior to and during a large gathering of white nationalists in the college town.
The violence, which started on Friday night and then intensified on Saturday, killed Heather Heyer, 32, an activist who was marching against the white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville this weekend.
James Alex Fields Jr., 21, drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to authorities, killing Heyer and injuring others — and spawning a wave of protest rallies in response.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which tweeted that counter-protesters were not happy with the police, also reported police saying that they would “not intervene until given command to do so.”
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017
Richard Spencer, the leader of the white supremacist organization National Policy Institute and an organizer for the cause of white nationalists who attended Saturday’s rally, is blaming the police for Saturday’s violence, tweeting that the “Charlottesville and Virginia police have blood on their hands.”
“They policed the peaceful, and they exacerbated a mêlée,” Spencer wrote. “Total outrage.”
Jason Kessler, a white nationalist organizer, attempted to give a press conference Sunday afternoon to address issues related to the rally, but was shouted down by a gathering of protesters, and opted to flee the scene in front of Charlotesville Town Hall.
Police did not appear to be in the immediate vicinity of his press conference, and seemed to arrive to control the crowd only after Kessler had already fled the scene.
The protesters at the scene were chanting “get out of our city” and “shame on you.”
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