San Francisco, CA: As Nazis and white supremacists continue to plague our communities with marches and protests, let us be clear that we condemn their actions, beliefs, and rhetoric. What happened in Charlottesville last weekend was despicable and deplorable. It was an act of domestic terrorism.
As law enforcement officers, we work hard every day to protect the citizens of this great nation. The hate exhibited by Nazis and white nationalists only works to destabilize our communities and create unrest.
It is disgraceful that the actions of these people who are filled with hate, evil, bigotry, and blatant racism can turn our neighborhoods into places of violence and death.
Any comments supporting these actions should be condemned. No one in our society should applaud what has happened to this community and our country.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this violence and to the courageous officers that were injured and died doing their job of serving and protecting the community.
The United Coalition of Public Safety works on behalf of law enforcement officers and the communities they serve nationwide to shape strong partnerships and break down communication barriers; building trust through active engagement, honest dialogue, education, and outreach.
A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath – NY Times
The Battle of Charlottesville – The New Yorker
The white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville are part of a tradition of racist, fascist rallies in America—though Trump’s weak response to Nazism is notable. Glenna Gordon/The New Yorker
Unrest In Virginia: Clashes over a show of white nationalism in Charlottesville turn deadly – Time.com
- White nationalists encircle counter-protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches on Aug. 11. Zach D Roberts—NurPhoto/Getty Images
- A counter-protester strikes a white nationalist with a baton. Samuel Corum—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
- A counter-protester uses a lighted spray can against a “Unite the Right” demonstrator at the entrance to Emancipation Park. Steve Helber—AP
- Police and members of the National Guard patrol near where a car plowed into a crowd marching through Charlottesville’s downtown. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images
- A car plows into pedestrians and vehicles as anti-“Unite the Right” counter-protesters march through downtown Charlottesville. The driver backed up and fled the scene.Jeremiah Knupp—Special to The News Leader-USA Today Network/Sipa USA
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