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Charlottesville police's use of tear gas during KKK protest response muddled in confusion, report finds
The Daily Progress Friday, December 01, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

After the Ku Klux Klan made a swift exit from Charlottesville on July 8, protesters turned their frustrations toward police, which prompted officers in riot gear to declare an unlawful assembly and to release tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowds.

While the irritant successfully cleared the area of protesters around Justice Park, since then it has been unclear who made the decision to deploy it, when to deploy it and why.

Now, a newly released independent review of the city’s response to that rally states that city Deputy Police Chief Gary Pleasants made the decision to deploy the tear gas, despite Chief Al Thomas’ instruction that such a deployment would be his decision alone.

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