Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump's presidency a year ago.
On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "riots" in Charlottesville "resulted in senseless death and division".
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A group of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter demonstrators march in front of the Rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia.
Sunday is the anniversary of the violence that erupted on the streets of Charlottesville, where hundreds of rally participants gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park that was named after the Confederate general.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and city officials in Charlottesville announced a state of emergency would be in effect Friday through Sunday in that city and parts of Northern Virginia, outside Washington.
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Kyle Rodland, who took his young sons to get ice cream downtown, said he felt much safer than past year, when he left town with his family and stayed with his parents after seeing people armed with long rifles walking around outside his home.
Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 people.
Authorities came under harsh criticism for underestimating the potential for unrest at last year's rally.
Event: The rally will start in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., and run from August 11 to 12.
"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, a sales associate at a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items.
One year ago, white supremacists led a surprise torch march at UVA. He said then that there were "good people on both sides", and later "blame on both sides". "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.
The increased police presence is meant to serve as a "deterrent to anyone who would want to come into the community and exercise their First Amendment rights in a way that would violate someone else's First Amendment rights", Brackney said.