Police Brace for 'Unite the Right' Sequel, Trying to Expect the Unexpected

WHSV file image of a line of Virginia State Police troopers at the

WHSV file image of a line of Virginia State Police troopers at the"Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville

Later in the day, one of the participants of the white nationalist march drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. During last year's rallies, law enforcement officers stood by while white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters, a response that allowed the violence to spiral out of control, an independent investigation found.

Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville on Wednesday declared a state of emergency ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens of others injured.

Charlottesville's interim City Manager Mike Murphy said many lessons were learned from last year's tragic events.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham have called press conferences, in July and August, addressing community concerns.

A 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer was killed when a white supremacist drove his auto into groups of protesters.

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Two Virginia State Police troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville.

Members of the National Socialist Movement march through downtown Newnan en route to their April rally at Greenville Street Park.

Trump had said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands".

"We're bringing people from all over Sandtown, and all over Baltimore City, to go to the Unite the Right Rally", said Reverend Rodney Hudson of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

The declarations were made to address the "potential impacts" of events in and around Charlottesville and in Washington, D.C., August 10-12, according to an announcement from the city.

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"These purveyors of hate and bigotry were emboldened to take their message public by a President who has refused to categorically and unequivocally condemn their message and actions in clear terms". Meanwhile other events are planned to promote racial healing. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence".

Charlottesville, best known for being home to the state university created by Thomas Jefferson, may seem like an unusual choice for a heated battle involving neo-Nazis, but there was a reason that "Unite the Right" organizers chose the town for their rally.

The march will start at a Metro station near the Capitol at 5pm and end with a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park that sits directly opposite from the White House. "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully", said Northam. "While we are opposed adamantly to what we are going to hear, we know what our responsibility is - to protect First Amendment events, to protect Washingtonians and to protect our city". Brackney also said that a list of prohibited items will be enforced within the restricted access zone including a that could potentially be used as weapons and other "implements of riot".

Many business owners have said the plan is too restrictive and will cost them significant revenue on what would normally be a busy summer weekend.

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