Emails obtained under a Freedom of Information Act show that the University of Virginia police were informed about the impending threat from the far-right groups, but downplayed the potential for violence, and turned down offers of assistance from other police departments.
The emails are dated August 11 and 12, and reveal UVA police chief Michael Gibson’s internal handling of the Charlottesville rally that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer.
One email shows Gibson declining an offer by nearby George Mason University’s chief of police, Carl Rowan, Jr., to send additional officers for assistance, MPN News reported.
Gibson also sent two separate emails containing links to It’s Going Down, a self-described anti-fascist website; one to the Charlotteseville police chief, Al Thomas, and another to top UVA officials including the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Patrick D. Hogan.
None of the emails released to Shadowproof include links to far-right or White Supremacist organizations.
In another email, UVA’s Student Council Vice President for Administration, Alex Cintron, tells Gibson, “Many students are alarmed and I was wondering if there is any safety information I can distribute to other student leaders and the student body at large?”
Gibson declined the request for safety information, telling Cintron, “UPD is aware of this information and is monitoring the situation very closely.”
Read all 13 pages of the UVA Police Department emails below:
A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his outrage at being told to “stand down” by the city mayor during violent clashes between protesters.
The officer also claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to allow for the groups to ignite into exactly what happened.
“We [Charlotesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.“
“The event was being set up as far back as at least May and it went like clockwork.”
READ the full story HERE and watch the video of the police officer saying they were told to STAND DOWN!
Top photo | State Police in riot gear guard Lee Park after a white nationalist demonstration was declared illegal and the park was cleared in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017.