Two Virginia State Police troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville. The group took part in last year's Unite the Right rally, but has not announced plans regarding Sunday's rally in Washington, D.C.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam asked residents to "make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate". He said they've taken lessons from what happened a year ago in Charlottesville, Va.
A Charlottesville native, born in the segregated basement of the University of Virginia hospital, Brown-Grooms said white supremacy was present in Charlottesville long before the rally and is the "elephant in the room" the city now must deal with.
The declaration allocates $2 million to pay for this response and authorizes the Virginia National Guard to assign forces to assist in security efforts. White supremacist and organiser of last year's protest, Jason Kessler, has vowed to mark the occasion again and has been granted a permit in Washington, D.C. "This weekend, Karen and I will pray for the victims of that tragic day and their families".
Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend and that they are "fully prepared to act" to prevent any incidents like a year ago.
More than 700 Virginia State Police personnel alone are trained and ready to be assigned if the need arises, Virginia State Police Colonel Gary T. Settle said.
The company canceled accounts and bookings ahead of the original "Unite the Right" rally, which occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.
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Then, hundreds of white nationalists and even more counter protesters will demonstrate near the White House Sunday.
Newsham declined to give specifics about a closed-door planning meeting held Wednesday with city and homeland security, but he did address concerns that alt-right and KKK groups would be escorted by police.
As many as 1,500 counterprotesters are expected at Lafayette Square and more at two nearby parks, setting up a possible volatile showdown that District and federal law enforcement officials say they are prepared to confront.
Kessler, who is from Charlottesville, submitted an additional request for a permitted rally in his hometown at a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but was denied.
Charlottesville's interim city manager, Mike Murphy, said the city was collaborating with state agencies, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia to plan for potential violence.
Bowser retold that story for reporters Thursday, calling it representative of anxiety felt throughout the city from people "who see Washington as a refuge from that type of hate, anti-Semitism, tiki-torch-burning and the like, and they don't want to see it here".
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterprotestor, was killed last year when a self-identified Nazi drove a auto through a crowd of demonstrators. James Fields was charged with a hate crime for the death of Heather Heyer and is now on trial.