Virginia declares emergency for white-supremacist rally anniversary

Image result for chicken little the sky is fallingVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Charlottesville officials declared a state of emergency in the city on Wednesday ahead of the Aug. 12 one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally that left one counterprotester dead.

Northam said the declaration was an “administrative tool” necessary to mobilize the Virginia National Guard and other resources in case of unrest. Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be on duty over the weekend and “fully prepared to act” to prevent any violence. The 2017 “Unite the Right” rally drew neo-nazi and white supremacist groups, along with a strong showing of counterprotesters, to Charlottesville.

One counterprotester, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed when a self-proclaimed white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd. The driver, James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, faces murder charges.

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