Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been making a lot of claims about the white supremacist protesters that descended upon Charlottesville last weekend, mainly about how the police handled the violent situation.
In an interview with prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, McAuliffe claimed that the Virginia State Police were outgunned by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis. As a result, the police were hesitant to break up their violent conflict with counter-protesters and Antifa.
McAuliffe told Mckesson that the protesters had weapons caches hidden around the city:
“They had battering rams and, you know, we had picked up different weapons they had stashed around the city. This was a powder keg. This was a very volatile situation. And I’ll once again say, I am very proud of our team on the ground. Nobody hurt except for those people hit by the car and you couldn’t stop that.”
That sounds perfectly logical, except for the fact the police have refuted the governor’s claims numerous times since then.
According to Reason, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller stated that there were no weapons caches in the city, which was confirmed by a physical search:
“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. 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.”
Not only that, Geller told The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski that the police were perfectly prepared for the situation they were in and not as “outgunned” as the governor had made it seem:
“No, the State Police did not have inferior equipment. Our personnel are equipped, and were equipped, with the necessary protective and tactical gear for their safety and, obviously, to protect those that were in attendance of the event.”
“We don’t release our tactical gear or anything of that nature for the protective purposes of our law enforcement. They had the necessary inventory and gear that they needed for this event. There were no shots fired at the event or anything of that nature but our folks had the proper gear and tactical equipment they needed in order to safeguard themselves and everybody in attendance.”
Essentially, the Virginia State Police have called out Governor McAuliffe — twice.
The governor nor anyone from his office has commented so far as to why they have a different account than what the police on the ground reported.
In McAuliffe’s eyes, the death of one innocent person and the maiming of dozens is a “proud” result for the police and the state of Virginia.
Source: Conservative Daily