This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the police stand down that led to the Antifa riot and the death of Heather Heyer last August in Charlottesville. Hundreds rallied yesterday, with more expected today. On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the City of Charlottesville declared a preemptive state of emergency, and released the details for a locked down security zone around the downtown mall.
The city has banned a long list of items considered to be an “Implement of Riot,” and police officials have promised a heavy presence to deter violence. In addition, the Virginia National Guard has been authorized to assist in security efforts. And, lastly, for the general safety of the public, the city is closing roads, recreation parks, and the local recycling center for the weekend.