An independent review of the police response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer was released on Friday
The report blames the City of Charlottesville for failing to protect public safety or the protesters' right to express themselves
The report says 'planning and coordination breakdowns' before August 12 led to 'disastrous results'
'Because of their misalignment and lack of accessible protective gear, officers failed to intervene in physical altercations that took place in areas adjacent to Emancipation Park,' the report said
State police directed their officers 'to remain behind barricades rather than risk injury responding to conflicts between protesters and counter-protesters'
And Charlottesville commanders 'similarly instructed their officers not to intervene in all but the most serious physical confrontations'
State police and Charlottesville police were unable to communicate by radio the day of the rally because they were on different channels, the report said
The review also found that an officer was initially supposed to be stationed near the intersection where the car plowed into counterprotesters - killing one
The officer asked for relief out of safety concerns and was not replaced, he said
Published: 09:16 GMT, 1 December 2017 | Updated: 18:24 GMT, 1 December 2017
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5135767/Report-coming-Charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally.html