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Charlottesville residents criticize leaders over rally

December 5, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The sharp divisions between Charlottesville residents and their elected leaders and police were on display at a tense, raucous City Council meeting, the first since the release of a scathing report on officials’ response to a white nationalist rally this summer.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy formally presented the findings of his monthslong review to the council Monday after releasing a report publicly Friday. His investigation found a lack of planning, poor communication and a passive response by law enforcement to the chaos that unfolded at the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally, believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in at least a decade.

The report found those failures had led to “deep distrust of government” in the Charlottesville community, and many residents made that clear Monday night.

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