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Heaphy: Independent Review Not Just About Police Response

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

After some concerns Charlottesville City Council is taking time to discuss the independent review that is being conducted about white supremacy events that have happened in the city.

Heather Heyer was killed during the Unite the right white nationalist rally on Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people where white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

Tim Heaphy, a former Charlottesville prosecutor and a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, was hired to conduct the independent review with his team.

Some people were concerned because of his past relationship with the city. He has faced questions about his ability to be objective in the case since he was hired last month. Heaphy says the review will be truly independent.

Heaphy went on to say the review is not just about the police response. His team is also looking at the permitting process, and at how government organizations worked together among other things.

“The relationship, frankly, between council and staff, there are a lot of facets of this that we believe all need to be considered in a comprehensive way. So it's not strictly 'did the police do a good job or not?' It's much broader than that,” Heaphy said.

Heaphy says the plan is to deliver the report around the Thanksgiving holiday. He is encouraging anyone with more information from white supremacy events to contact the review website.

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