A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 11:21 AM CDT
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the "Unite the Right" rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and city officials are trying to avoid any repeat. States of emergency have been declared for the city and the entire state, and downtown Charlottesville will be under heavy watch from city, state, and federal law enforcement officers, reports the local Daily Progress. In fact, anyone heading downtown will have to pass through security checkpoints first. Hospitals, meanwhile, are preparing for the worst, notes another Daily Progress story. Related coverage:

  • Victim's mom: USA Today has an interview with the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a supporter of white nationalists drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Susan Bro now runs a foundation in her daughter's name and has taken up her campaign for social justice. "You don't get to silence my kid and get away with it," says Bro.
  • A protester: One of the organizers of last year's "Unite the Right" rally, Jason Kessler, is moving ahead with plans for a rally in DC on Sunday after Charlottesville rejected his bid for a permit this year, reports the AP. None of the other organizers appear to be planning to publicly mark the occasion. In Charlottesville, several events are planned in the name of racial healing.

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