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Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

White nationalist demonstrators use shields as they clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A former federal prosecutor says the law enforcement response to a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted in violence was a series of failures.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 10:14 AM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 10:14 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former federal prosecutor says the law enforcement response to a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted in violence was a series of failures.


The findings of former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy's monthslong investigation were unveiled Friday. City officials asked him to conduct the review after facing scathing criticism over the Aug. 12 rally.

Heaphy found a lack of preparation and poor coordination between city and state police, including the fact that they were unable to communicate that day by radio.

The report says a school resource officer posted in the area where a car plowed into counterprotesters was removed over concerns about safety and not replaced.

Heaphy's report was published online and he was expected to discuss it at a morning news conference.

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