Charlottesville to Discuss Tim Heaphy's Part in Review of Controversial Events
Charlottesville city council will reconsider who is handling the independent review into white supremacy events that happened this summer.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council will reconsider who is handling the independent review into multiple white supremacy events that happened over the summer.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Tim Heaphy is currently leading Hunton & Williams LLP's review the city’s preparation response to three events: a torch-lit rally on May 13, a rally by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on July 8, and Jason Kessler's Unite the Right rally on August 12.
Hunton & Williams LLP is also partnering with the Police Foundation for the review. The foundation, which specializes in police strategy evaluations, will make recommendations. The partnership is being conducted free of charge.
Some people spoke out at the councilor’s meeting Monday, September 18, saying they disagree with the City Council’s selection. Their is concern that because of Heaphy's past that the review will not be fair.
“It's definitely not independent; it's a conflict of interest. You should have got somebody outside of this region to do that investigation, something that had no direct connection with any of the city government, entities,” said Tanesha Hudson.
City Council has agreed to have a discussion about adding a citizen commission to its agenda for October 2. The commission would talk about what it wants through the independent review and more about Heaphy.
NBC29 reached out to Heaphy, but he did not want to comment.
Councilors stressed that Heaphy is doing an independent review not an independent investigation.