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Virginia State Police Say They Didn't Find Caches of Weapons in Charlottesville

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said police found weapons stashed by white nationalists. Police say they didn't.

Pacific Press/Sipa USA/NewscomPacific Press/Sipa USA/NewscomContradicting statements by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia State Police say they did not find caches of weapons stashed around Charlottesville in advance of last Saturday's deadly white nationalist rally.

In an interview Monday on the Pod Save the People podcast, hosted by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, McAuliffe claimed the white nationalists who streamed into Charlottesville that weekend hid weapons throughout the town.

"They had battering rams and we had picked up different weapons that they had stashed around the city," McAuliffe told Mckesson.

McAuliffe's comments were picked up by other news outlets and spread through social media. But Corinne Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, says that no such stashes were found.

"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," Geller tells Reason. "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."

The Virginia State Police also disputed McAuliffe's claims that Virginia State Police were underequipped to deal with the heavily armed militia members at Saturday's rally.

"The governor was referencing the weapons and tactical gear the members of various groups attending the rally had on their persons," Geller says. "I can assure you that the Virginia State Police personnel were equipped with more-than-adequate specialized tactical and protective gear for the purpose of fulfilling their duties to serve and protect those in attendance of the August 12 event in Charlottesville."

McAuliffe claimed in an interview with The New York Times that law enforcement arrived to find a line of militia members who "had better equipment than our State Police had." In longer comments that were later edited out of the Times' story, McAuliffe said that up to 80 percent of the rally attendees were carrying semi-automatic weapons. "You saw the militia walking down the street, you would have thought they were an army," he said.

Virginia police have come under criticism for failing to quell violence at the rally, which left one counterprotester dead and more than 30 injured.

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  • Crusty Juggler||

    In an interview Monday on the Pod Save the People podcast, hosted by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mcesson,

    Never forget.

  • Rhywun||

    LOL perfect. Two idiot peas in a pod.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a liar [period]

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Hey now, I think he's a coward. I wish we could both be right...

  • Tionico||

    try it. I think you'll like it. A lot

  • KerryW||

    A liar? But the Nazis had torches!

    Of course antifa had a flamethrower, so they had more than the Nazis.

  • NoVaNick||

    But why let facts ruin your narrative? Its the proggy way...

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    This is hardly news.

  • DrZ||

    "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a liar [period]"

    He is not a liar, but he is terribly mendacious.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    How many believed - and still believe - McAuliffe's lying bullshit? "Be really scared of these torch-carrying nitwits!" Thanks for tamping down the rhetoric, sleazebag.

    Virginia police have come under criticism for failing to quell violence at the rally, which left one counterprotester dead and more than 30 injured.

    Without completely coming to the defense of John Law - something I really enjoy doing, by the way - they would be criticized for no matter what they did during the protest.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I feel like if it had been the police who killed some people that it would have at least brought the Reason commentariat together.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I support an aggressive, hopefully even more heavily armed police force when they attack my enemy.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I've certainly been a long advocate of Robocop technology.

  • TangoDelta||

    We can only hope. Robocops would be imminently hackable.

    Original code example:
    10 chase subject
    20 say "freeze scumbag! POLICE!"
    30 open fire indiscriminately

    Hacked code example:
    10 chase subject
    20 say "freeze scumbag! POLICE!"
    21 goto 20
    30 open fire indiscriminately

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    This is a situation where he really may have been too stupid to understand what his police were telling him.

  • WakaWaka||

    That's quite the benefit of the doubt you're giving the governor. He didn't want the rally to occur and he declared a state of emergency (before the murder), thus banning the rally, after violence occurred when the police refused to maintain order. At least, that is what the ACLU has stated.

    This was calculated

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Could be a little of column A, a little of column B.

  • Tionico||

    but it was the job of local coppers to provide security for the demonstration.... they even had worked out a plan together with the demonstrators. A plan which they tossed out the first opportunity. It were the local dirty coppers, likely in league with their corrupt governor, who made certain moves that escapated the violence, and they took no moves to protect the permitted group.

  • damikesc||

    And nobody seems even concerned that the governor seems unable to accurately discuss this event.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    This dry recitation of serial lies seems oddly devoid of judgement or denunciation.

  • ||

    Lying is bad.

  • WakaWaka||

    Do you think that there's maybe something more to the lie?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    It's an epidemic in that general area of the country. And by that general area I mean statehouses, large and small.

  • TangoDelta||

    The epidemic is that both sides were looking to start a fight. It seems clear to me that it was perpetrated by the "organizers" of both sides who knew that sooner or later a loose wire was going to short and each side hoped it would be subtle enough so they could easily blame the other side.

    The car bum kinda threw that off course and handed the anti-1st Amendment socio-fascist jihaddists a big win in the eyes of the MSM although the win was largely in the bag already. In the end, until Noam Chumpsky's useful idiots on both sides realize they're being used as little more than cannon fodder there won't be any change.

    The way I see it the meta-left (the right owns the "alt" key and I'm an old unix junkie so "meta" it is) should stop being afraid that whatever their version of Mohammad will be insulted and end the fatwa against the 1st Amendment.

    I'll conclude that if it isn't a small group of strategists at the top planning this then we have already sunk to the level of "Lord of the Flies" and the zombie hoard is upon us.

  • Longtobefree||

    Excellent tag: metal-left it is from now on.

  • Longtobefree||

    or meta-left.
    Fingers and mind still not synced yet, -2 on caffeine, -1 on agility.

  • VOTE MILES||

    alt-right

    ctrl-left

  • Henry||

    America is suffering post-traumatic Hillary syndrome. We are out of outrage to waste on new political lies.

  • JWS||

    I'm still convinced that there are public officials involved in this event who were attempting to orchestrate some "government to the rescue" publicity for themselves and the whole thing went sideways fast.
    This should have been a Monday story about a bunch of hill people who came down to wave their dumbass signs and flags for a couple hours while everyone went about their day ignoring them. Instead it turned into a shit show of professional protesters.
    BTW, what the fuck goes through someone's mind where they figure out the most efficient way to get piss and shit into a balloon for the sole purpose of projecting it at another human?

  • Hugh Akston||

    I'm still convinced that there are public officials involved in this event who were attempting to orchestrate some "government to the rescue" publicity for themselves and the whole thing went sideways fast.

    Share your evidence so that the rest of us can be convinced.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Share your evidence so that the rest of us can be convinced.

    Here's all the evidence anyone should need, CUCK!:

    *flings piss and shit filled balloon at Hugh*

  • JWS||

  • JWS||

  • JWS||

  • JWS||

    http://www.nbc29.com/story/360.....-8-09-2017
    http://www.dailyprogress.com/n.....bc7a9.html

    Proof? No. Smell like politicos meddling with idealogues? Does to me.

  • WakaWaka||

    The ACLU is arguing that the police were purposely not trying to maintain order, thus allowing the governor to declare a 'state of emergency' to end the rally, like he wanted in the first place.

  • Krabappel||

    There's a video where the police are shown to be actively pushing the UtR rally attendees directly into the waiting clubs of antifa and one young guy screams "why are you doing this, they're the ones that hate the police!"

    He might be a dumbass racist/nazi/confederate whatever, but you could see the panic on his face at what the police were doing.

  • WakaWaka||

    This will be the one time that Reason will not fault the police, the government, or the ACLU

  • Set Us Up The Chipper||

    Hugh we are waiting on your response.

  • Jerryskids||

    I for one believe the governor - it's quite likely the guns were seized in one of those informal asset forfeiture operations where the guns wind up in a pawn shop in North Carolina.

  • Henry||

    And the peope who transported them there were all among McAuliff's 93 million Americans who die every day from gun violence, so… no witnesses.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Why waste a good opportunity to ask for moar gunz?

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    The desperate attempt to squeeze this event into the gun-control narrative is not particularly surprising.

  • ||

    Well, in fairness, he is trying to prevent 93 million death a year or whatever the fuck.

  • Tionico||

    the figure is 33 thousand, two thirds of which are people voluntarily deciding to use a gun to kill themself. Of the other 11 thousand, two thirds are part of a crime of some sort, Murdering your ex, armed robbber deciding to make sure no one is left behind that could identify them later, Chicagoland ganbagning shootemups...... maybe a thousand are accidental deaths involving a gun, typically by someone playing with one when they know nothing about them.

    But its not Mc Auliffe's job to manage guns. Its his job to make certain we all have our rights readily available to use.. a job he ignored and did the opposite in this situation.

  • Henry||

    He's referring to McAuliffe's BS number, which was 93 million deaths per day from gun violence, not anything resembling an actual fact.

  • NoVaNick||

    The one term limit is both a blessing and a curse for Virginia. The blessing is that no governor can use a second term to further their statist agenda, The curse is that they don't need to be held accountable for anything-they can just wait a few years when they run for senate and all will be forgotten.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Sounds like McAulliffe is gearing up for a new gun control push, using Charlottesville as an excuse, despite the fact that the murderer's weapon of choice this time was a car.

    Clearly what we really need is common sense car control. /sarc

  • Krabappel||

    Well they were hoping the UtR protestors would open fire on antifa and that would have fit their anti-gun anti-alt-right Trump-is-a-nazi agenda just fine.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    So, you're saying Elon Musk is responsible, trying to get common sense regulations around AI? Sounds legit.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    " McAuliffe said that up to 80 percent of the rally attendees were carrying semi-automatic weapons. "You saw the militia walking down the street, you would have thought they were an army,"

    McAuliffe went on to say how proud he was of the crackers that no shots were fired.

  • Billy Bones||

    "Virginia police have come under criticism for failing to quell violence at the rally"

    Well, not at Reason.com they haven't. At least Judge Nap had the balls to condemn the "peace" officers on Kennedy's show the other night for failing to protect the 1A rights of the asshats protesting the removal of the statue.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In longer comments that were later edited out of the Times' story, McAuliffe said that up to 80 percent of the rally attendees were carrying semi-automatic weapons. "You saw the militia walking down the street, you would have thought they were an army," he said.

    Why the edit, one wonders.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Indeed, lying politicians are usually unfazed about being caught in even the most open lies. Besides, it's not as if the NYT would point out the lie. Only "right-wing" publications would point it out, and we all know they can't be telling the truth.

  • WakaWaka||

    Because they're all Nazis now

  • Paloma||

    That must be why 93 million Americans are killed each year with guns!

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon||

    Great sarcasm, Paloma

  • Tionico||

    try again. Nowhere near that number, and two thirds of all gun deaths are because someone decided they wanted to die, got hold of a gun, and killed themself.

  • Longtobefree||

    An inconvenient truth: (2013 data fastest I could find)

    33,636 deaths due to "injury by firearms" (10.6 deaths per 100,000 U.S. citizens).[4] These deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides,[5] 21,175 suicides,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with "undetermined intent".[4] Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013, 1.3% were related to firearms.[1][6]

    I guess you get 93 million from 33,636 by rounding?

  • Henry||

    Um… according to McAuliffe that's PER DAY, not per year. Get your alternative progressive facts straight, raycist.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said police found weapons stashed by white nationalists. Police say they didn't.

    I see this carpetbagging weasel is still doing his best to instill trust and unity...

  • Rebel Scum||

    Tom Bombadil|8.16.17 @ 12:40PM|#

    This dry recitation of serial lies seems oddly devoid of judgement or denunciation.

    It does seem vaguely familiar.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Oh what a tangled web we weave.....

  • JeremyR||

    BLM Supporter kills 5 cops in a pre-meditated act. Yet the movement is still deemed good enough that Governors do interviews with them.

    Meanwhile, one neo-nazi doofus commits an act of road rage after some street fighting, every Republican and white man in the country is evil and needs to apologize.

  • Governor1||

    Amen

  • Richard Johnson||

    If you're keeping score: Right wing terrorists have killed almost 70 people since 2001. Left wing terrorists have killed less than 10. Source:
    https://www.newamerica.org/ in-depth/ terrorism-in-america/ what-threat-united-states-today/ (you have to remove the spaces)

    There's always a few bad apples in any group, including BLM and Trump supporters, but we're talking about Nazis and the KKK, people who were totally fine to be marching alongside them, and one man (not every GOP or white man - one man in particular) who had a really hard time denouncing the Nazis and KKK and who still proclaims that some of them (the people marching with the Nazis and KKK) were good people.

    Let's be really clear about something: The Nazis' primary objective was genocide. The KKK's primary objective is white supremacy and "purification" of America through murdering non-white people and their white allies. BLM's primary objective is for the government to stop killing and beating black people. Please stop trying to equate these groups.

  • Henry||

    A single left-wing terrorist killed more than both those numbers in one night at the Pulse nightclub. Cherry-picked anecdotes from newamerica.

  • BYODB||

    Terry is obviously willing to say anything to deflect from the fact that he's absolutely terrible at his job in every conceivable way.

  • Governor1||

    The fascists lie even when they don't have to. What was McAuliffe thinking? Not fit for governor.

  • Pedro Martinez||

    Imagine that another Democrat caught lying. Again.

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon||

    The very first sentence "last Saturday's deadly white nationalist rally". No mention of the contribution to the violence brought by Antifa and DeRay McKesson's myrmidons. Has Reason totally bought out every seat on the left-wing bandwagon?

  • beafrank||

    McAuliffe cannot change his stripes.

  • robert2644||

    Does anyone really expect McAuliffe to tell the truth. He has been a liar and crook for decades.

  • sweettea71||

    Terry McAuliffe is a run of the mill lyin ass Democrat.

  • fenolj||

    The vile democrat Terry McAuliffe, gov of Virginia is Killary Rotten's buddy (and will do anything for her) and Hillary is George Soros buddy and Both are Barack Obama's buddies. Who invited BLM to the WH? And Obama is recognized for nurturing ANTIFA. He enjoys getting his devoted army of brutal fans to do his dirty work for him. And violent domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is officially linked to ANTIFA through his group "Refuse Fascism" , which is a joke to fool the stupid because it really is a fascist group. Hillary and Barrack Obama both love love love Bill Ayers. Got it figured out yet?

  • TruthDetector||

    Gov. Terry McAwful...what would you expect from a politician mentored by President and Mrs. Stainmaker themselves?

  • Jim Macklin||

    Governor McCauliffe is anti-gun and is not capable of telling the truth when the issue is the Second Amendment, the militia or even crime.
    There was no gun fire at Charlottesville despite the fact that legitimate citizens were present and armed with handguns and rifles. Likely they prevented violence since they were not there to kill people.
    The Mayor and/or Governor pulled the police out, citing a phony threat that this article speaks to. The talking point that guns were bad and that is why the police were ordered out.
    But there was no gun fire, it was clubs and make-shift flame-throwers.
    The Mayor and Governor wanted a riot because they wanted teh talking point.

  • Shootr||

    The over the top rhetoric about this event is going to tear this country apart. Trump is the ONLY person in power that will speak the truth. Yes the alt-right guys are jerks. We all know that. But so is anti-fa. And they have been violent for a long time. But where have the politicians been on that issue??? Hiding under their desk it seems. They keep their foot on the neck of people for too long and someone will bite that foot.

  • daddy warbucks||

    "Brennan Gilmore—who "magically and mystically" was able to appear at the height of this created mob violence with a video camera in hand to record a pro-fascist supporter ramming his car into a crowd of communists agitators—with Brennan Gilmore, afterwards, being prominently interviewed by not only CNN, but every other anti-Trump "fake news" media outlet in America too—and whose statements were, obviously, pre-planned."

    Google:
    'Russia Reports CIA "Genocide Expert" Orchestrated Charlottesville Mob Violence'
    whatdoesitmean.com

    ... a democrat/Soros government controlled ambush.

    Google:
    'Hennepin County Flag Replaced by Antifa Flag - Uncle Sam's ...'

    What were the final communications of the monitoring helicopter, what post attack operation were they seeing and recording?

    VA. Car Attack PSYOP - "Witness" Character Lies About License Plate
    https://youtu.be/h7b-ZcqTtrs

    Charlottesville hit-and-run driver was anti-fascist activist, Internet ...

    Google:
    Charlottesville Car attacker is anti-Trump Antifa supporter." Facebook users flagged the story as being potentially fabricated, as part of the ...
    https://kek.gg/i/7d36rs.png


    More Coup Activities in Charlottesville , 1753
    https://youtu.be/Jf0QkjIQaqg

  • Longtobefree||

    Mayor: democrat
    Governor: democrat
    Who is at fault? Trump

    This country is doomed

    Law abiding group exercising first amendment with official permits
    Groups without permits publicly stating intent to deny constitutional rights; which is a conspiracy, a federal violation
    Who is at fault for violence? Law abiding group, and Trump

    This country is doomed.

  • Gardenstateed||

    Popular strategy amongst the left is to tell a lie and let it take off, then say something to the affect of, "I misspoke". As with "hands up don't shoot", the claim that the alt right was armed to the teeth is an obvious lie, but it's in the media now so it will never die. The alt left IS just a culpable in this situation as the alt right.

  • Hank Phillips||

    So THAT's where Saddam hid his weapons of mass Gomorrah!

  • pxm||

    Oh this may be a manufactural political issue? Color me surprised. That is, as surprised as seeing an occupy wall street obama guy be a spokesperson for the hitler youth.

  • mysmartstuffs||

    America is suffering post-traumatic Hillary syndrome. We are out of outrage to waste on new political lies.

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  • mysmartstuffs||

    Gov. Terry McAwful...what would you expect from a politician mentored by President and Mrs. Stainmaker themselves?
    My recent post: Slick CPA Profits Review

  • tfsyrala7lam||

    I think he's a coward. I wish we could both be right...
    mzkrat-mrag3at | here

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