DHS warned Charlottesville and Virginia state police

Thursday, 31 August, 2017 - 12:15

Three days before the Aug. 12 protest rally, the Department of Homeland Security sent them a confidential, "law enforcement sensitive" report that said "an escalating series of clashes had created a powder keg that would likely make the event 'among the most violent to date' between white supremacists and anarchists."

Prepared by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis coordination with local, state and federal authorities at the state police's Virginia Fusion Center, the report "raises questions about whether Charlottesville city and Virginia state authorities dropped the ball before, and during, a public event that was widely expected to draw huge crowds of armed, emotional and antagonistic participants from around the country."