One year after the tragic Charlottesville march, more than 200 protestors planned a rally on Saturday evening amidst peaceful vigils at the University of Virginia to mark the anniversary of the confrontation between tiki torch-toting white nationalists and counter-protestors.
"We must come together as a nation", Trump wrote on Twitter from his golf club in New Jersey. 'I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence.
President Trump urges peace for all Americans one year after the deadly incidents in Charlottesville.
On Saturday in Charlottesville, the downtown area was virtually locked down, with more than 700 officers on hand to ensure there would be no violence.
"We have a lot of folks in organizing here who were present for the murder of the young woman previous year", Lance said.
Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints.
Bro, who was not in Charlottesville previous year when her daughter was killed, said she understands why some people are in "high anxiety", particularly people who may have seen the violence and are "still living the trauma of that".
The neo-Nazis and white supremacists protesters chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans, including "Jews will not replace us", and brawled with counterprotesters. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a auto into a crowd at high speed.
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In Charlottesville, at least one rally is being organized on the University of Virginia campus by a group of student activists, UVA Students United. Some leading figures in the US white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away.
Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others. Two state troopers also died that day in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.
While the city locks down and law enforcement gears up, Baltimore's religious leaders said they are planning a different approach.
Events marking the anniversary were also expected Sunday in both Charlottesville and Washington, D.C., where Jason Kessler, the primary organizer of last summer's rally, has obtained a permit for a "white civil rights" rally.
The president of the University of Virginia has offered an apology to the students and community members who faced off a year ago against white supremacists during a march through campus.
Throughout the day, only three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges, one for trespassing, one for disorderly conduct and one for possessing a prohibited item, the city said.
The statue and the park in which it's located were the center of last year's Unite the Right rally.
Unlike in Charlottesville, where police allowed the opposing factions to clash in what turned into a bloody melee, Washington, D.C., Police Chief Peter Newsham said Thursday that the goal "will be to keep the two groups separate".
Bowser said she recently spoke with an elderly Washington, D.C., resident who told her she was afraid.