Thomas Jefferson Statue Vandalized at UVa

Also, Charlottesville mayor says police chief told him to stay out of safety talks
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2017 10:46 AM CDT
What's Been Happening Locally Since Charlottesville Rally
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia.   (Getty Images/photohoo)

While the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville continues to play out on a national level, developments are emerging locally as well. The Daily Progress and WTOP shed some light on what's been happening in the college town, as well as in the state of Virginia, since the violent events earlier this month:

  • On Thursday, Charlottesville police confirmed an investigation is underway on a report of vandalism that came in Sunday. The subject of the vandalism: a statue of Thomas Jefferson apparently splattered with red paint on the north side of UVa's Rotunda.
  • The college's Student Council Executive Board was presented with a list of demands from the school's Black Student Alliance and other groups, and the board on Monday endorsed those demands, which include stripping the Rotunda of all Confederate plaques, taking measures to help boost African-American enrollment, and mandating all students take a class on white supremacy and slavery as they tie back to Jefferson, the school's founder.
  • Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer says he wanted to be involved in making sure the rally was kept peaceful. But he says he and the City Council were never given access to the security plan for the event, and when he asked police Chief Al Thomas how he could help out, he claims he was told: "Stay out of my way." No word from Thomas on that allegation.
  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe has put in place via executive order two groups: the Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest (which will look into what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 11 and 12) and the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, designed to assess "how hatred and discrimination against racial minorities, religious groups, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and [transgender] individuals led to those tragic events."
(More Charlottesville, Va. stories.)

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