"the only acceptable outcome is that we ensure public safety" -- he is declaring a local emergency NOW, well in advance of the weekend.
"they are here to protect you and engage you in a very positive way."
they want a "successful outcome in which we control that narrative."
VSP rep says "there is some good that can come out of this"
"you'll see a lot of presence, and there's a reason for that."
there will be 700+ state troopers assigned here this weekend.
"there are a number of events" and people "deserve the right ot have a peaceful event, so we are gonna make sure that happens."
"we're looking forward to an uneventful event."
"every single plan [...] is focused on safety."
"safety is the number one priority" "throughout this operational period."
"we don't expect to get instant grace for things that folks think didn't go well in the past."
(not saying it, but I assume this means they're prepared for a mass casualty incident)
guys, save your praise for one another for the post-meeting.
"you will see more officers than you normally see" and all leave has been canceled.
"we are treating this as a statewide event"
the national guard has a representative there at the press conference.
wheeler now reading the anti-masking statute, which will be enforced.
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fridays after five is also canceled.
STAFFED parks & rec facilities are closed, but parks themselves are accessible.
people are encouraged to use the water street parking garage & adjacent surface lots. market st garage avail. to permit holders only
now taking questions.
the "flexible plan" isn't contingent on "who's coming or not coming or any permit or court case"
all pedestrian access to the mall will be limited to those two entry points, which includes access for residents & business owners.
"we will be engaging you first in conversation" and "it is in your best interest not to bring those items"
brian wheeler praises the city's effort to engage the community, citing the changes to parking restrictions around friendship court at the request of those residents.
charlottesville will be a militarized zone this weekend. 700 state police, 300 national guard on standby, the entire cville & alb police depts...
"softer uniforms first, with the ability for quick response if we need those."
police have a "liaison" for "vulnerable populations"