Rally costs top half a million dollars
The Daily Progress Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Albemarle County, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia spent at least $540,000 in their responses to white supremacist rallies this year, including the July 8 Ku Klux Klan demonstration and the failed Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally, according to documents provided by the three institutions.
The not-for-profit Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital spent more than $59,000.
Marchers began streaming into Charlottesville on Aug. 11 for the enormous Aug. 12 demonstration, but officials at the city, county and UVa already had spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in preparation. They hired lawyers and spokespeople, purchased equipment and paid hundreds of employees to be on standby.
By the time it was over Aug. 12, three people had died.
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