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Heaphy report: UVa police’s lack of response to torch-lit rally on Grounds allowed Aug. 11-12 events to escalate
The Daily Progress Friday, December 01, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

New open-flame regulations went into effect at the University of Virginia the same day an independent review took the university to task for a slow and insufficient response to a white nationalist torch rally on Aug. 11.

In a report released Friday, former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy said the University Police Department ignored information about the possible rally and offers of aid on Aug. 11, which led to a volatile situation that fanned the flames of the next day’s white nationalist rally.

“There was ample notice of the Friday night torch-lit event to university officials,” Heaphy said at a news conference Friday. “They knew perhaps days in advance and perhaps early in the day on Friday, that there would be some sort of event by the white nationalists that were coming to the Unite the Right rally.”

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