After last year's event in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended up in violence that resulted in the death of one counter-protester, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington is working with restaurants to help them know how to respond legally to situations, reports The Washingtonian.
The release added these declarations will enhance planning and cooperative response efforts that have been in development since March. Some accounts continued to publish around the time of August 12, 2017, white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where one counter-protester was killed.
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Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally. His apparent refusal to condemn neo-Nazis and violent white nationalist groups elicited strong bipartisan pushback .
"We are treating this as a statewide event", said Jeffrey Stern, state coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
It is not clear whether any white nationalists will come to Charlottesville this weekend, but officials said they were preparing for any contingency.
Authorities faced unrelenting criticism for their handling of last year's rally and an independent review that found serious police and government failures in responding to violence at the "Unite the Right" rally.
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The violence culminated with a man driving a auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists from across the country to the Virginia college town. James Alex Fields Jr., of OH, faces murder charges in Heyer's death.
Washington officials said on Thursday that police were ready for the rally as well as five planned counterprotests that could attract close to 2,000 people in all. He told a judge in July that he is under treatment for several mental disorders including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and ADHD. The city attorney took a new job, the city manager's contract was not renewed, a spokeswoman quit and the police chief, who was 50 at the time, retired after less than two years on the job.
Citizens and media outlets seeking information related to current events in the Charlottesville area are encouraged to follow social media accounts for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. One goal, he said, was to separate cars and pedestrians in the central part of the city.
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