Confirmed: Police Told to Stand Down in Charlottesville—Did Nothing as War Broke Out

Charlottesville, VA — The events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday were tragic, hateful, insidious and even deadly. Saturday will go down in history as the day America’s hate reared its ugly face and proved to the world that this country is being divided — to be conquered. Adding fuel to the fire of hatred and violence were politicians who told police not to intervene and allowed the unchecked carnage to unfold before their eyes.

The stand down was confirmed by the ACLU who quoted a police source saying, “We’ll not intervene until given command to do so.”

This command never came.

There is no shortage of violent footage of clashes between neo-nazi white supremacists and counter protesters from Antifa and the like. Multiple violent battles raged on for several minutes as blood spilled onto the streets of this college town. Only several feet away were police officers — who did nothing to stop it.

As ProPublica reports:

It was a scene that played out over and over in Charlottesville as law enforcement confronted the largest public gathering of white supremacists in decades. We walked the streets beginning in the early morning hours and repeatedly witnessed instances in which authorities took a largely laissez faire approach, allowing white supremacists and counter-protesters to physically battle.

Officials in Charlottesville had publicly promised to maintain control of the “Unite the Right” rally, which is the latest in a series of chaotic and bloody racist rallies that have roiled this college town, a place deeply proud of its links to Thomas Jefferson and the origins of American Democracy.

But the white supremacists who flooded into the city’s Emancipation Park — a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee sits in the center of the park — had spent months openly planning for war. The Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi website, encouraged rally attendees to bring shields, pepper spray, and fascist flags and flagpoles. A prominent racist podcast told its listeners to come carrying guns. “Bring whatever you need, that you feel you need for your self defense. Do what you need to do for security of your own person,” said Mike “Enoch” Peinovich on The Right Stuff podcast.

And the white supremacists who showed up in Charlottesville did indeed come prepared for violence. Many wore helmets and carried clubs, medieval-looking round wooden shields, and rectangular plexiglass shields, similar to those used by riot police.

Clad in a black, Nazi-style helmet, Matthew Heimbach told ProPublica, “We’re defending our heritage.” Heimbach, who heads the Traditionalist Workers Party, a self-declared fascist group, said he was willing to die for his cause and would do whatever it took to defend himself. He was surrounded by a brigade of white supremacists, including members of the League of the South and the National Socialist Movement.

Several members of the militia — armed with AR-15s and who appeared to be neutral in the fight — were recorded on multiple occasions attempting to keep the peace by breaking up fights and tending to the wounded. Their actions proved far more effective than the inaction of the police.

The only thing police seemed to be instructed to do was to break up the lawful assembly which only seemed to add fuel to the violent fire that was stoked throughout the day.

According to ProPublica, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy defended the police tactics, noting “I’m not in the business of throwing our police department under the bus, because they’re doing the best job they can, “ said Bellamy. “I don’t think the police officers were just twiddling their thumbs.”

While policing violent crowds, like the ones in Charlottesville on Saturday, is no easy job, we’ve seen police across the country move in and act in situations far less chaotic.

Whatever the reason police were told to stand down, the result of their inaction was the same. Whether deliberate or not, Saturday’s police response served to fuel the already exponentially growing divide.

If ever there were time to call for peace in this country — it is now. The rapid growth of Antifa and white supremacists illustrates the polarizing effects that ‘divide and conquer’ tactics being pushed by the state and media are having.

We must realize that as long as the citizens keep fighting amongst each other, the behemoth state will continue to usurp our freedoms, rob us, divide us and control us to the point of complete despotism or civil war.

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In the 16th century, [Niccolò] Machiavelli – in an attempt to get back in the good graces of the powerful – wrote a slim volume called The Prince. In that book he showed the powers that be how to control the people. That book is a statement: separate and rule, divide and conquer. That’s five hundred years ago and it still works, because we allow ourselves to be led around with holes through our noses. – Maya Angelou

Courtesy of The Free Thought Project

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterSteemit, and now on Facebook.

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  1. I told my son a month ago something bad was going to happen if these paid protesters continued to instigate people who had a right to be there. Throwing shit, blocking traffic. The governor wanted this to happen – he use to work for a Sorros funded organization.

  2. The way I see it, a group of White people with a non-PC line of belief, were denied their God-Given Constitutionally-Protected First Amendment Rights of Free Speech and Assembly.

    BLM is free to burn down towns….White people can’t even assemble to save a Statue from being pulled.

    The Rally was planned and permitted months in advance, and the town yanked the permit a day or two prior, leading to a scramble to get a judge to re-permit the assembly, which he did.

    Then, once the rally starts, police declare it ‘unlawful assembly’ and funnel Unite-the-Right-ers into the screaming antifa mobs, who did not have a permit, and were not dispersed by police. This is also the first time BLM and cops were on the same side; Imagine the surprise of all the thin-blue-line supporters among the white crowd.

    This was a Unite-the-Right rally. And now I see countless Right wing publications acting like Marxist University Professors, denouncing the evil racism of their fellow Americans.
    Way to virtue signal to the Left, and then punch Right; Brilliant!
    I’m sure the Left is very grateful, but don’t think it will protect you from being called ‘racist’ or ‘nazi’ yourselves.

    If you want to get lost in the emotional whirlwind and zeitgeist coming out of the media, keep listening to 3rd 4th and 5th-hand reports. If you wanna know what actually happened, talk to people who went.

  3. Trump is the President but the Left is in full control of the country. Obama created this monster. His job is almost complete.

  4. The Marxist attacked. They used weapons. Good white people had their right to protest trampled by the marxist government. The white race is under attack. This incident is being used to move the racial genocide of the white race forward.
    It is time to fight.
    Donald Trump is a traitor. I hope the marxist get him. And they will, one way or another.

  5. Hey, all the public participants were there voluntarily and as such are responible for their own safety. Nobody held them there. If stupid people keep up stupid thing and you voluntarily place yourself in the situation. you become a stupid person.

    • I told my mother last night, ‘play stupid games, win stupid prizes’. Neither side in that action represented real Americans.


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