The “independent” report of events surrounding Charlottesville’s August 12 Unite the Right rally, has been released to the public.
Authored by former US Attorney, Tim Heaphy, and Hunton & Williams LLP, the controversial 220 page exposé addresses the long-unanswered question of why the Fourth Street crossing with Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall was not blockaded by a stationary law enforcement vehicle.
As reported by The Schilling Show on multiple occasions dating back to mid-August, the intersection initially was manned—by Tammy Shiflett, a school resource officer, under the direction of the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD). Due to worsening conditions at the intersection and fearful for her personal safety, Ms. Shiflett eventually relocated her vehicle away from the intersection—with the knowledge and consent of CPD supervisors—leaving only a wooden sawhorse-type barrier protecting Fourth Street from vehicular incursion.
From the Heaphy report:
Officer in Distress at 4th and Market
One block to the east, Tammy Shiflett—the school resource officer stationed at 4th Street NE and Market Street—was standing alone with no protective gear. She felt she was in danger. As people started to pass, they made profane and aggressive statements toward her. She smelled pepper spray in the air. Just as Sergeant Handy and his unit arrived at the Market Street garage, Shiflett radioed Captain Lewis and said, “They are pushing the crowd my way, and I have nobody here to help me.” Lewis radioed to Sergeant Handy and instructed him to help Shiflett. Sergeant Handy and Officer Logan Woodzell started to move towards Shiflett’s location, and Handy radioed Shiflett to walk towards them. Woodzell’s body camera footage shows Shiflett leaving 4th Street and jogging to the two officers. But she forgot to lock her car, so Handy instructed her to go back and move her car. Shiflett hustled back to the car, got in, and moved it out of the intersection to Market Street near the parking garage. Officer Shiflett ultimately ended up with Lieutenant Jones as he handled the Deandre Harris incident. Lieutenant Jones told us that he was asked by either Handy or Woodzell to let Officer Shiflett stay with him because she did not have any protective gear. Neither Shiflett nor Jones notified the traffic commander or the Command Center that she was no longer at her assigned post at 4th Street NE and Market Street. As a result, all that remained there was a wooden sawhorse barricade.
Legal ramifications of this revelation for the Charlottesville Police Department and Charlottesville City are unknown, but they are likely to be significant and financially damaging.
Download the entire report: Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia