Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is constantly issuing statements about the white supremacist demonstrators that occupied Charlottesville last week, mainly talking about the police work.
During an interview with well-known BLM activist DeRay Mckesson, she stated that the policemen were outgunned by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis. And because of that, the police were cautious to intervene in the conflict with the counter-protesters and Antifa.
She also said that the demonstrates had hidden weapons in different places in 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.”
This explanation would be logical if the police didn’t contradict her statement many times.
Virginia State Police spokeswomen Corinne Geller said that they didn’t find any weapons hidden in the city.
“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.”
Geller also said that the police was ready for this situation and that they also weren’t as “outgunned” as the governor presented it.
“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.”