With the blame-game for the Charlottesville violence fueling a lot of finger-pointing, anger has turned to the federal judge who ruled in favor of allowing the rally to take place despite the warning signs.
U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad has drawn fire for his decision to allow the white nationalist rally to take place in a small town park in the Virginia city over city officials’ objections to the location.
Judge Who Allowed White Nationalist to Rally Completely Ignored Documented Safety Problems https://t.co/0eTOYhY78Z via @RStockmanLAW pic.twitter.com/67SBpaGDgA
— LawNewz (@law_newz) August 14, 2017
Citing safety concerns, Charlottesville ordered the rally, organized to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, to be moved to a larger location. The “Unite The Right” rally organizer, Jason Kessler, teamed up with the ACLU to fight the change in court and Conrad granted the injunction.
While arguably, Conrad could not have predicted that the event would spiral into an outbreak of violence that left three people dead, many, like Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer are upset with his disregard for the evidence.
Charlottesville mayor tells @NewDay about regrets that judge blocked moving rally to larger location that would have been easier to police pic.twitter.com/lph8azJh08
— JessicaSimeone (@JessicaSimeone) August 14, 2017
Although the city did not attempt to cancel the rally, only to move it due to the expected crowd size, there were other facts that backed their concerns. Law enforcement officials indicated that crowd sizes would be significantly larger than the 400 people Kessler estimated in his permit request. Police also believed rally-goers could be armed.
Maybe we should blame the Gov of VA, Mayor of Charlottesville & the Judge who allowed the March in their town. But, blame Trump instead.
— WolfBuzz ?? (@916AlphaJacket) August 14, 2017
“The person I blame here is the federal judge who allowed this protest to take place in a small urban park when the city urged the judge to move it to a larger venue so that police could better control the situation,” Fox News Channel’s Gregg Jarrett said.
Charlottesville violence – @greggjarrett: I blame the Judge that allowed this to happen despite pleas from locals #Dobbs #MAGA #TrumpTrain pic.twitter.com/NhwJCgLVe1
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 14, 2017
“The judge would have none of these warnings,” Jarrett said. “He called it purely speculative.”
While there was some debate that the judge was upholding Kessler’s free speech rights by allowing the rally to continue at the site, others appeared to agree that since the city was only looking to move the event, the judge’s decision was an underlying factor in the ensuing violence.
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@realDonaldTrump The Judge that allowed this rally in Charlottesville, VA needs to be removed from his office. This hate has to stop.
— Mona0708 (@Ramonita0708) August 14, 2017
What about the Federal Judge, who allowed the white supremacist to rally in #Charlottesville over concerns of violence from the community?
— Latino Political Ave (@LatPoliticalAve) August 13, 2017
The Judge who allowed the #Charlottesville #WhiteSupremacists to murder a woman needs to be jailed for cooperating with the violence
— JohnnyBgood (@SuperJohnny123) August 13, 2017
Arrest the judge who abetted this turmoil. No more permits should ever be allowed in Charlottesville. You ruined your protest voice. @POTUS
— Nancy? (@free2meetu) August 13, 2017
Who appointed the federal judge who overruled the city and allowed today’s march at the statue site? #Charlottesville
— ZestyGardenGnome (@7kidchaos) August 12, 2017
I live in Charlottesville. This is why the city moved the event to another park. Shame on the judge who allowed the emergency injunction.
— John Barron Miller (@MikePenceTho) August 12, 2017
This is the fault of Charlottesville Mayor, Governor and the Federal Judge. Not @realDonaldTrump. Outraged at the Anti-Americans.
— Ex-Dem PA Patriot (@jody_span) August 15, 2017
The federal judge who allowed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville against the wishes of city officials needs to be investigated.
— ICALSEMLOH (@lacadri34) August 12, 2017
Would love to read interview w/ judge who allowed permit for emancipation Park to stand after city tried to move rally to McIntire Park.
— Lisa (@elsiebowmas) August 14, 2017
I stand with President Trump. He doesn’t control what people think or do. Blame the driver, blame the judge who allowed the rally
— Mary.R (@620Mjr) August 14, 2017
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