Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest
Acts of hate and violence like those that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, and similar incidents across the country are becoming more prevalent and are endangering our communities. When large rallies or demonstrations become violent, it is not only the safety of our communities and citizens that is threatened, but also the safety of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect us.
We must engage in a thorough review of the events that took place before, during and after the incident in Charlottesville and identify any existing gaps or issues that need to be addressed, including our permitting process. Following the completion of that review, we must take swift and immediate action to implement any necessary changes that will protect public safety and prevent further loss of life, while protecting constitutional rights.
On August 24th, 2017, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 68, creating the Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest. This Task Force is charged with evaluating the circumstances that led to the violent white supremacist events in Charlottesville on August 11th and 12th and assessing the Commonwealth’s procedures for preparing and responding to events where civil unrest could occur.