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During the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on August 12 that left one woman dead, an armed Charlottesville police officer felt “unsafe” and removed her car from the intersection of 4th Street NE and Market Street, where she was posted as part of the police department’s security plan.
White nationalist James Fields later drove through that intersection just before he plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others. That is one of the damning details in a new independent report on the failures of the Charlottesville police department during the August 12 rally.
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The officer, Tammy Shiflett, had just returned from two months off after elbow surgery when she was assigned to the crucial intersection. Shiflett normally works as a school resource officer at an elementary school, according to the report.
“In the face of the Market Street skirmishes that broke out after the unlawful-assembly declaration, Officer Shiflett felt unsafe and radioed for assistance. She was soon reassigned, and she moved her vehicle away from that intersection,” the report states.
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“After Officer Shiflett departed, all that remained at that crucial intersection was a wooden sawhorse barricade. Lieutenant Steve Knick, the traffic supervisor, was not aware that Officer...
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