At Charlottesville council meeting, residents widely pan Heaphy report, Signer response
The Daily Progress Monday, December 04, 2017 at 10 p.m.
There were only a few interruptions Monday evening when former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy reported the findings of his law firm’s review of the white nationalist rallies that have rocked Charlottesville this year.
When the city councilors started speaking following the presentation, however, things gradually became more heated and came to a boil when Mayor Mike Signer attempted to apologize for misleading the public into thinking that protesters forced police to use tear gas during the July 8 Ku Klux Klan rally in Justice Park.
Among the assertions in the report, such as the allegations that Police Chief Al Thomas deliberately allowed some of the violence during the Aug. 12 rally so that an unlawful assembly could be declared, investigators from the firm Hunton & Williams said they never found evidence that counter-protesters had used a form of pepper spray on officers.
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