Not long ago, Charlottesville was a city apparently under the rule of law.
Most recently, Mr. Jones’ precedent of institutional lawlessness was extended by Mayor Michael Signer, who contrary to city code, was allowed to hold a large public protest on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall—without obtaining a lawfully required permit.
- On Saturday, controversial, self-described identitarian and University of Virginia graduate, Richard Spencer, convened a relatively peaceful, if not visually disturbing, torch-lit rally in Lee Park
- On Sunday, Alt-Left activists and Cultural Marxists held a Lee Park counter rally in which three attendees were arrested and a police officer was assaulted
Buried in local coverage of Sunday’s event was a damning quote from Charlottesville City spokeswoman, Miriam Dickler:
“While we prefer protesters get permits like any other event, such assemblies are protected by the First Amendment and we do not interfere unless we perceive a legal or safety issue.”
While the law states that permits are necessary for large public gatherings, Mayor Signer’s recent “Capital of the Resistance” rally, for which he eschewed—and then defended violating—the assembly permit process, put the city in a precarious position in regard to code scofflaws and violators.
Signer and Dickler’s comments to NBC 29 in the wake of the original Schilling Show “permit” exposé left little wiggle room for law enforcement:
According to City Spokeswoman Miriam Dickler there is a city regulation that requires a permit, but that rule is seldom enforced and a public event without a permit is “not uncommon.”
Signer says he did not get a permit to host the rally, but also says the city never enforces the rule requiring a permit and will continue that practice.
Charlottesville’s now-established culture of lawlessness has turned to bite the posteriors of the bumbling, self-aggrandizing Mayor and incompetent, lackeyed City Manager who continue to feed it. Their rabid quest for legal relativism in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Charlottesville has led to cultural chaos and debased governmental authority. Ultimately, law abiding citizens will suffer inevitable consequences.