The Charlottesville Police Department’s failure to continuously block the Fourth Street crossing of the Downtown Mall, despite multiple suggestions and warnings, was a misallocation of resources and a tactical error, according to a report released Friday.
In the report, former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy called attention to a lack of preparation and response to the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally. The report said that shortcomings in the traffic plan put unarmed civilian employees at risk and allowed a car to speed into counter-protesters, killing Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer, 32. James A. Fields Jr., of Ohio, is charged with second-degree murder in the attack.
“The traffic plan essentially was much like it is on a Saturday afternoon for a football game,” Heaphy said. “That was another horrible mistake.”