Unite the Right

Ashton Erler

State and local police held a news conference to congratulate themselves on a fine job in Charlottesville this year. They can’t say how much it cost to put a thousand officers and several helicopters in the city for a largely peaceful weekend, but they’re claiming success.

Ashton Erler

Several hundred people rallied at the University of Virginia this weekend – many of them students or faculty members protesting the heavy police presence in Charlottesville. 

“They are here to control us!” protesters chanted as they unfurled a banner reading Last Year They Came With Torches.  This Year They Come with Badges.  Security fences at the site and the large number of police on hand made organizers uneasy, and they quickly changed plans.

Whatever happens this weekend in Charlottesville, some people are determined to make the best of it.  A group of more than 400 music lovers will gather at IX Park at 4 p.m. Sunday for the C’ville Sing Out! 

Extensive access restrictions and weapons prohibitions in downtown Charlottesville go into effect Friday evening.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Gov. 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.