Virginia State Police Contradict Governor On ‘Caches Of Weapons Found’
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has come under condemnation this morning after revelations surfaced that he may have lied, or at minimum, exaggerated, the circumstances surrounding the white supremacist rally held last Saturday in Charlottesville. The governor went on a black lives matter podcast called Pod Save The People and made the claims. McAuliffe told the show’s host, DeRay Mckesson, “They had battering rams and we had picked up different weapons that they had stashed around the city.”
McAuliffe’s comments were immediately run by major news sources. Corinne Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, however, has publically stated that the claims simply are not true.
“The governor was referring to the briefing provided him in advance of Saturday’s rally and the extra security measures being taken by local and state police,” Geller tells Reason. “As a safety precaution in advance of August 12, such searches were conducted in and around Emancipation and McIntire Parks. No weapons were located as a result of those searches.”
McAuliffe also claimed that the Virginia State Police were ill-prepared to deal with armed militias.
“The governor was referencing the weapons and tactical gear the members of various groups attending the rally had on their persons,” Geller says. “I can assure you that the Virginia State Police personnel were equipped with more-than-adequate specialized tactical and protective gear for the purpose of fulfilling their duties to serve and protect those in attendance of the August 12 event in Charlottesville.”
McAuliffe also said that these “militias” had better arms than the police possessed, according to an article in the New York Times. However, this takes us to an even stranger place. The comments were later edited out.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 13, 2017
Unfortunately, the evidence is beginning to point to situation whereas corruption might have played a significant role. If the state allowed the conflicts to exist for political bias purposes, then a person has died for no reason. This person could have been protected. We need to start taking seriously such claims that involve government officials and holding them accountable. There needs to be a full and thorough investigation into these claims to verify them.
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Author: Jim Satney
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