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Who’s to blame for the Charlottesville violence?

The alt-right provoked excessive violence

It's the police's fault for not intervening

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The extreme violence in Charlottesville happened because of the combative rhetoric of the alt-right groups that came prepared for war, argues Kimberly Ross of Red State. United by racist ideologies, they were ready for a fight, and they got it. Attempts to put the blame on other groups, such as the media or Democrats are misguided as this brutality was fueled by the hateful agenda that the alt-right has adopted. They are violent extremists and do not represent conservative America. This passion for fighting culminated in a car being driven into a crowd. Alt-right America caused this bloodshed.

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The police allowed Charlottesville violence to reach extreme levels by adopting a policy of non-intervention, asserts Pro Publica. The clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters were allowed to grow in extremity due to the police not breaking them up. It was predictable that the far-right protest would feature weapons as their organizers told members to come as well armed as possible. Police forces should have been better prepared, given that these plans were spread publicly. Officers should have separated the clashing groups, not stand by and do nothing as they beat each other bloody.

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