Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville nationalist rally ‘curious how DC is gonna deal with that’

In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va. "I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said.
Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville car attack victim, Heather Heyer, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, July 5, 2018. Bro attended the hearing for James Alex Fields who is charged with hate crimes as a result of the white nationalist rally last year.
Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville car attack victim, Heather Heyer, right, and her husband Kim Bro, left, walks out of federal court in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, July 5, 2018. Bro attended the hearing for James Alex Fields who is charged with hate crimes in the deadly car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville car attack victim, Heather Heyer, walks out of federal court in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, July 5, 2018. Bro attended a hearing for James Alex Fields who is charged with hate crimes in the deadly car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, a tree holding notes written to Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, and left at her funeral sits on top of a cabinet in the office of her mother Susan Bro in Charlottesville, Va. "I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said.
In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, display's memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va. "I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said.
In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va. “I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said.
In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va. "I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said.
A tree holding notes written to Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, and left at her funeral sits on top of a cabinet in the office of her mother Susan Bro in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
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WASHINGTON — As the nation’s capital prepares for a white nationalist protest and counterprotests, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was hit and killed by a speeding car during Charlottesville, Virginia’s Unite The Right event last year will be watching with interest.

“It’ll be interesting to see how that pans out,” said Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, in an interview for the ABC News Radio podcast “Start Here.”

Bro’s daughter, 32, was killed as she and other counterprotesters were struck by a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields, Jr., who will go on trial for Heyer’s murder, malicious wounding of other victims, and federal hate crimes.

She expects police and government officials in the nation’s capital — the site of countless demonstrations and public events — will be prepared for the white nationalist demonstration.

“I’m curious as to how Washington will receive them, after seeing how they behaved in Charlottesville last year,” Bro said. “I think people will be a little more wary and cautious of them now, as far as not putting up with nonsense.”

Bro, as well as several local and state politicians and community groups have said Charlottesville police were overwhelmed on Aug. 12, 2017.

“The police did absolutely nothing last year, but stand by,” Bro said.

Police have been unveiling their plans for this weekend’s Unite the Right 2, with a Sunday afternoon rally at Lafayette Square.

Bro said even though no major events are planned for the this weekend in Charlottesville, the one-year-anniversary has prompted a locked-down town.

“I’m curious how D.C. is going to deal with (the incoming white nationalists) because D.C. does  not lock down easily,” Bro said. “D.C. has a lot more public transportation, (and) ways in and out.”


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