State Report Finds Law Enforcement Missteps In Charlottesville

Dec 6, 2017

White nationalist demonstrators hold their ground against Virginia State Police as police fire tear gas rounds in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.
Credit (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  A report on Virginia's response to a violent white nationalist rally this summer has found some missteps by law enforcement, including a "chaotic scene" in a joint incident command center and "little on-the-ground collaboration" between agencies.


The report prepared by the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the second independent review released this month on the deadly Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville.

Some of the report's findings overlap with a blistering, much longer report by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy, who conducted a review for the city. But it is generally far less critical of the state's response.

Click here to read the full Governor's Task Force report

The report says city officials "spoke very highly of the support they received from the Commonwealth."

It says cooperation "among all parties" during the planning stage was "excellent."