McAuliffe starts pub­lic safety task force after vi­o­lent protests

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

RICH­MOND — Gov­er­nor Terry McAuliffe Fri­day signed Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der Num­ber 68, cre­at­ing the Task Force on Pub­lic Safety Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse to Civil Un­rest.

The task force, which will be chaired by Sec­re­tary of Pub­lic Safety and Home­land Se­cu­rity Brian Mo­ran, will be charged with eval­u­at­ing the cir­cum­stances that led to the vi­o­lent white su­prem­a­cist events in Char­lottesville on Au­gust 11th and 12th and as­sess­ing the Com­mon­wealth’s pro­ce­dures for pre­par­ing and re­spond­ing to events where civil un­rest could oc­cur.

“This com­mis­sion will be my ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ve­hi­cle to iden­tify what worked in the lo­cal and state re­sponse to the white su­prem­a­cist vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville, what didn’t, and how we can bet­ter prepare for sim­i­lar events in the fu­ture,” said McAuliffe. “I am proud of the brave men and women who put them­selves in harm’s way to pre­vent the tragic events in Char­lottesville from es­ca­lat­ing fur­ther. We owe it to them and to all Vir­gini­ans to ex­am­ine every el­e­ment of our op­er­a­tions on that day to en­sure we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to keep our cit­i­zens safe dur­ing pe­ri­ods of civil un­rest.”

The mem­ber­ship of the task force will be an­nounced soon.

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