Police prep for Coolidge Park rally tonight

Police prep for Coolidge Park rally tonight

August 17th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

People listen to speakers, hold candles and display signs at a vigil remembering the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Chattanooga Democratic Socialists hosted a candlelight vigil for Heather Heyer and Charlottesville at Coolidge Park on August 13, 2017.

Photo by Robin Rudd /Times Free Press.

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Chattanooga police will be preparing ahead of an anticipated rally tonight at Coolidge Park in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville, Va., protests.

Organizers say the rally, set for 7:30 p.m., was initiated to show solidarity for those who were protesting white nationalists in Charlottesville.

"[Nazism] is something that should be rooted out and destroyed," Lillie Stubsten, an organizer of the event, told the Times Free Press earlier this week.

Police said additional patrols will be in the area of the park and they will dedicate more manpower if needed.

"As our community members go about their day enjoying our waterfront, spending time with their families, expressing their views or simply appreciating all that our great city offers, the Chattanooga Police Department will continue in its mission to keep our community safe," a department news release stated. 

One woman was killed and 19 injured when police say a man drove his car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in Virginia.