CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (Reuters) – The Charlottesville Police Department failed to do their jobs in protecting demonstrators and counter-demonstrators at the white nationalist Unite the Right rally as the event descended into deadly clashes on Saturday in Virginia, the rally’s organizer said on Sunday.
“What happened yesterday was a result of the Charlottesville police officers refusing to do their jobs. They stood down and did not follow through with the agreed upon security arrangements,” Jason Kessley said on Sunday before the media and a crowd of hecklers screaming obscenities.
A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 injured, five critically, on Saturday when a man plowed a car into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalist rally in the Southern college town of Charlottesville. About 15 people were injured after rival groups fought pitched battles using fists, rocks and pepper spray in the streets.