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Sign hung next to CPD a reminder when police used tear gas on those protesting KKK rally

A sign hung from the Market Street Parking Garage stating, "7/8/17 GASSED BY THE CPD." This is a reference to when city police fired tear gas on people protesting a KKK rally in Charlottesville
A sign hung from the Market Street Parking Garage stating, "7/8/17 GASSED BY THE CPD." This is a reference to when city police fired tear gas on people protesting a KKK rally in Charlottesville(NBC29)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 11:49 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — A sign criticizing the Charlottesville Police Department hung from the Market Street Parking Garage for several hours early Wednesday, July 8.

A sign hung from the Market Street Parking Garage stating, "7/8/17 GASSED BY THE CPD." This is a reference to when city police fired tear gas on people protesting a KKK rally in Charlottesville
A sign hung from the Market Street Parking Garage stating, "7/8/17 GASSED BY THE CPD." This is a reference to when city police fired tear gas on people protesting a KKK rally in Charlottesville(NBC29)

The sign read, “7/8/17 GASSED BY THE CPD,” an apparent reference to when police used tear gas to disperse people who had gathered to protest a rally by members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Charlottesville.

Dozens of KKK members held a brief rally around the city’s statue of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson in Court Square on July 8, 2017. Authorities escorted the klansmen to the park, and had set up barriers to separate them from the hundreds of protesters. Some protesters attempted to block the paths of the officers during the event.

Authorities later used tear gas to disperse the protesters who had gathered in a nearby street to block buses used to transport the KKK members.

Officers took down the sign on the parking garage around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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