Who The ACLU Is Blaming for Charlottesville Brawl Will Surprise You

  • 08/16/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
The ACLU is placing blame for the Charlottesville violence squarely on the shoulders of Democratic leaders—namely, Charlottesville’s Democratic mayor and Virginia’s Democratic governor.

The unexpected blame game started when Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told NPR on Monday that the violence stemmed from the ACLU’s Virginia chapter.

McAuliffe explained that the city of Charlottesville asked for the white supremacy rally to be moved outside of downtown Charlottesville, to a more secluded suburban park, citing security concerns.

The ACLU, however, did not take the finger-pointed lightly—instead, sending an eviscerating statement that blamed incompetence from McAuliffe’s office and the Charlottesville city government for letting the violence spiral out of control.

“We are horrified by the violence that took place in Charlottesville on Saturday and the tragic loss of life that resulted from it,” explained the ACLU in a statement. “The ACLU of Virginia does not support violence. We do not support Nazis. We support the Constitution and laws of the United States….”

They added: “But let’s be clear: our lawsuit challenging the city to act constitutionally did not cause violence nor did it in any way address the question whether demonstrators could carry sticks or other weapons at the events. We asked the city to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and ensure people’s safety at the protest. It failed to do so. In our system, the city makes the rules and the courts enforce them. Our role is to ensure that the system works the same for everyone.”

The ACLU added that their lawsuit was about fairness—and that the judge agreed with them. The bulk of the ACLU lawsuit centered around the fact that Charlottesville tried to revoke the permit for the white supremacists, claiming that they were expecting too large of a crowd, while not revoking the permit for counter-protesters—despite the fact that they were, in fact, expecting more counter-protestors than actual protestors.

“In light of those facts, the judge couldn’t get beyond the fact that the city hadn’t revoked all permits for demonstrations downtown on Saturday,” the ACLU added. “It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters.”

They continued, much more bluntly, “The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence. I was there and brought concerns directly to the secretary of public safety and the head of the Virginia State Police about the way that the barricades in the park limiting access by the arriving demonstrators and the lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counter-protesters on the street were contributing to the potential of violence. They did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, seeming to be waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an ‘unlawful assembly’ and clear the area.”

Neither McAuliffe nor the city of Charlottesville has responded to the ACLU’s claims.
 Source: AAN
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