Charlottesville residents vent anger at city leaders

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

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville residents are venting their frustration at city leaders and their distrust of police at the first city council meeting since the release of a scathing report about officials' response to a white nationalist rally this summer.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy presented the findings of his months-long investigation at the meeting Monday night after releasing the 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.

The council then opened a public comment session. Some speakers shouted at the mayor, others at the police posted in the room.

One speaker said the whole council should resign. One person in the crowd had a sign that said, "Blood on your hands."

City Manager Maurice Jones was expected to present an "action plan" at the end of the meeting.

© 2017 Associated Press


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