Latest: UVA president apologizes to victims of campus march
The Latest on events marking the anniversary of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):
The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus.
UVA President James Ryan spoke to a crowd gathered Saturday morning for a service of reflection on the anniversary of the march. He said that those who stood up against the racists showed remarkable “courage and bravery” and that the university must admit its mistakes.
Critics have said the university was unprepared and didn’t do enough to intervene during the clashes, which left several people injured.
Specifically addressing those who were attacked during the march, Ryan said, “I am sorry. We are sorry.”
The service also featured musical performances, a poetry reading and a moment of silence.
Among those in attendance was Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a counterprotester who was killed the day after the march on campus, when violence unfolded in downtown Charlottesville.
Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
State and local authorities framed this weekend’s heightened security as a necessary precaution, but some community activists are concerned the measures could be a counterproductive overreaction.
An independent investigation of last year’s rally violence found the chaos stemmed from a passive response by law enforcement and poor preparation and coordination between state and city police.
University of Virginia professor Lisa Woolfork says she doesn’t know anyone who feels safer because of the increased police presence. Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer.