By Steve Neavling
Three days before clashes broke out during the deadly Charlottesville rally on Aug. 12, Homeland Security issued a warning to law enforcement about the high probability that the event would be “among the most violent to date” between white supremacists and anti-racists.
Politico reports that it obtained a copy of the Aug. 9 “law enforcement sensitive” assessment.
The warning by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis raises questions about law enforcement’s preparation for the violence that would erupt.
The report reminded authorities that similar protests involving white supremacists and anti-racist extremists turned violent.
“Anarchist extremists and white supremacist extremists online are calling on supporters to be prepared for or to instigate violence at the 12 August rally,” the assessment warned.
The report also indicated that a “probable” white supremacist had posted a “call to arms” online, saying “antifa must be destroyed.
“They predicted it,” one senior law enforcement analyst from another state said of the assessment. Each side was saying, “’All right everybody, go get your weapons, and we’re gonna go kick their asses.’ And that’s exactly what happened in Charlottesville.”
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