The events that unfolded in Charlottesville this past weekend should never take place on the streets of a U.S. city or town. Armed and helmeted radicals from both sides of the debate entered Emancipation Park freely, prepared for combat.
The police chief says there was no stand down order, but reporters heard there was and at least one reporter said what he witnessed confirmed it.
The police might have been unprepared but Fox News reporter Doug McKelway said what he saw with his own eyes suggests a stand down order. Mr. McKelway said the same thing on Sunday and doubled down Monday after the police chief gave a press conference saying the opposite.
Al Thomas, the Charlottesville police chief said when asked about the perpetrators of the violence that it was “an alt-right’ rally”. He reluctantly admitted there were mutually combative individuals in the crowd.
He never mentioned Antifa, Black Lives Matter or the busses that brought these hoodlums to Charlottesville.
When asked about reports that there was a stand down order, the chief said he’d like to know the name of the officer who said it because it is not true. He was emphatic.
POLICE BEAT IT OUT OF THERE
Fox News reporter Doug McKelway was the first to talk about the stand down order. He heard from a senior law enforcement in a local county, who were present that in a briefing in a morning, THAT they were not to arrest anyone without the explicit approval of the Charlottesville mayor. The officer told the reporters he was “outraged” by that instruction.
Mr. McKelway said that what he saw with his own two eyes confirms what the law enforcement official told them, at least “from all visible appearances”.
People were walking in and out of the park armed with bats and other weapons, fully helmeted and wearing padded armor, but no one stopped them.
The police chief also repeated his original comments that the police evacuated because “it was too dangerous.” The police were “making a beeline away from the violence”, McKelway said.
The chief said they only retreated to put on riot gear.
Mr. McKelway wondered why they didn’t come wearing riot gear, prepared to be more proactive.
Niger Innis also heard that the police were standing down.
All sides, he said, were coming from outside the area to cause violence.
Mr. Innis heard the governor was also involved in this limited police reaction.
Mr. Innis agreed it didn’t make logical sense but it happens over and over again. He couldn’t remember which city in California had a stand down order. While not south of San Diego as he said, he might have been thinking of San José.
During the presidential campaign, the mayor of San José, a big Clinton-supporting Democrat and an open borders proponent, blamed Trump for the riots in San José. That was even as the left-wing media was admitting it was the anti-Trump rioters who were to blame.
“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” Mayor Sam Liccardo told the Associated Press, praising the city’s police while adding that “we’re all still holding our breath to see the outcome of this dangerous and explosive situation.”
Juan Williams, the Fox News host, said Trump has to bear the responsibility because he said all Mexicans were killers and rapists. Trump NEVER said that.
Trump supporters were attacked freely and the police did not step in. It appears the police were told to stand down. It is now under litigation.
The media also failed to mention that the Revolutionary Communist Party was very involved along with illegal alien radical groups.