The City of Charlottesville has announced a security perimeter downtown that includes blocked streets, limited parking and pedestrian checkpoints, beginning at six tonight, ahead of the August 12th Rally Anniversary.
Both the city and the state are under a proactive state of emergency, announced Wednesday by Governor Northam and reinforced by a host of law enforcement personnel.
“You will see a lot of presence. There is a reason for that.”
Superintendent of State Police Col. Gary Settle has assigned 700 to Charlottesville.
“State Police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence, any acts of violence or any violence of law."
City Police, County police and fireman will be there, and the Governor is prepared to send the National Guard if needed.
“Nothing would excite us any better than this to be be non-eventful, for folks to go home and for it to be a peaceful weekend for all."