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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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The Day of the Klan

The Day of the Klan

(p.129) 17 The Day of the Klan
Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the Klan's rally at Justice Park, where counterprotestors came openly carrying firearms or knives and wearing Black Lives Matter shirts. It describes how the police divided Justice Park into four zones for all groups to conduct their protest. It also mentions the media staging area that was established on East Jefferson Street, wherein the police allowed members of the media to enter the buffer zone. The chapter details the arrival of Antifa members at Justice Park, who were highly prepared for potential physical confrontation as they wore helmets, shields, body armor, padded clothing, and gas masks. It discloses how the police were not able to prevent the counterprotesters from tossing punches, hurling fruit and bottles, and berating the Klan with catcalls and insults during their rally.

Keywords:   Counterprotestors, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Ku Klux Klan, counterprotesters, Justice Park rally

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