Washington, DC Officials Prepare for Upcoming Nationalist Rally a Year After Charlottesville

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That weekend, two Virginia State troopers were also killed as their helicopter crashed into a nearby forests.

The declaration allocates $2 million to pay for this response and authorizes the Virginia National Guard to assign forces to assist in security efforts.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, who's spent much of the past year working with Wilson on a foundation named for her daughter, said she plans to place flowers Sunday at the site of the attack that claimed Heyer's life.

Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, pre-emptively declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a procedural move that freed up additional resources.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle said more than 700 state police will be activated during the weekend.

Sunday is the first anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally, the white supremacist march that boiled into a chaotic clash between protesters and counter-protesters, injuring dozens. Portland Police is conducting an internal investigation into its use of force on August 4, which included flash bangs, after a June 30 rally there turned into a riot, sending at least four to area hospitals by ambulance. Those groups also have permits for McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

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Washington authorities said they will ramp up the capital city's emergency level with both white nationalists and counter-protesters planning to converge at the same park outside the White House on Sunday.

"This anniversary is also a time to look forward".

Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland is ready to help.

But he doesn't believe local leaders have spoken up enough against these types of demonstrations. "It's so fraught with what's happened that I feel I need to be away this weekend", McKeithen says.

Wheeler added, "We've integrated our communications systems with the Virginia State Police and we've learned some real lessons about how to secure our downtown and especially what is now called Market Street Park".

Police cars, SUVs and buses poured into downtown Charlottesville Friday, setting up a security area around the downtown mall. But Newsham, the District's police chief, remained elusive when discussing ingress and egress plans Thursday, insinuating that the means and route Kessler's group ultimately takes could and probably would change at the last minute.

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"The only accommodation that the Metropolitan Police Department is providing is to make sure that everybody who is in our city on that day doesn't get hurt".

NBC12 will have crews in both Charlottesville and D.C. throughout the weekend and will have updates both on air and online.

Recently, Metro said it will not provide private trains to transport the white nationalists after reports they were considering it sparked outrage on social media.

Several peaceful events are planned in Charlottesville to commemorate last year's event and promote racial healing.

The rally in Charlottesville, known as Unite the Right, was organized to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. In July 2017, members of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and counter-protesters gathered at a park for a "loud and angry", but nonviolent protest.

"They marched chanting the slogans "Jews will not replace us" and 'blood and soil, ' a classic Nazi chant", Lance said of the Virginia rally.

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