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Charlottesville police prep for worst-case scenario on anniversary of white supremacist rally

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, people fly into the air as a vehicle is driven into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Federal hate crime charges have been filed against James Alex Fields Jr., accused of driving the car. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP, File)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, say the city is preparing for a worst-case scenario for the Aug. 12 anniversary of a deadly white supremacist rally.

The city is fighting in federal court to deny organizer Jason Kessler a permit for another “Unite the Right” rally. Police Chief RaShall Brackney said Charlottesville needs to be prepared whether or not Kessler succeeds.

The Daily Progress reports that community members and state and local officials gathered Thursday to discuss preparations.

Assistant City Manager Mike Murphy notes that the city’s new event and park regulations prohibit items that can be weaponized.

Virginia State Police Capt. Craig Worsham said state, local and regional authorities will be operating under a single unified plan that weekend.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

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