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Increased Law Enforcement Presence In Charlottesville Over The Weekend

The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, marked the anniversary of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally over the weekend.
Posted at 2:54 PM, Aug 12, 2018

There was a noticeable increase in security forces in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend as the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally. 

On Saturday, law enforcement officers in riot gear lined up as things got a little tense with some protesters on the University of Virginia's campus. Many demonstrators reportedly yelled at the officers and said they were angry about their "over-the-top" gear. 

The Associated Press reports activists unfurled a banner that read: "Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges." 

Last year's white nationalist rally turned violent and left one person dead and dozens of others injured.

A former federal prosecutor conducted an independent investigation into the rally. He found the violence resulted from the law enforcement's passive response and poor preparation for the event. 

Despite the tense situation, Saturday's rally in Charlottesville remained peaceful, and there were no immediate reports of arrests on the university's grounds. 

The AP reports officers outnumbered visitors in the downtown shopping district and were searching people's bags at two checkpoints. Some visitors told media outlets they felt safer with the increased law enforcement presence.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.