U.Va. spent $422K on Unite the Right anniversary

The allocated funds do not include expenses at the U.Va. Health System

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Protesters gather outside the Rotunda to protest the police presence on Aug. 11, 2018. Jake Gold | Cavalier Daily

Over the one-year anniversary weekend for the violent white nationalist rallies last Aug. 11 and 12, the University spent $422,981 for labor, equipment, lodging, meals, training and transportation, according to University Spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn. This does not include any costs incurred by the University Health System.

The University paid $259,227 for labor and overtime, $24,612 for equipment, $37,853 for meals and $101,289 for lodging, training and transportation. Virginia State Police spent $3.1 million over the anniversary weekend, according to a spokesperson. 

Labor and meal-related expenses have been submitted to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for reimbursement.

University Police Department officers and other law enforcement personnel had a significant presence at an on-Grounds demonstration held by U.Va. Students United. The rally was initially slated to take place on the North Plaza of the Rotunda — where torch-carrying white supremacists encircled and attacked students and activists the year before — but the group, frustrated with the heavy police presence, moved the protest to Brooks Hall, then eventually to Lambeth Field.

The high police presence came after law enforcement did not intervene to stop white supremacist violence in August 2017. An independent report in 2017 called the response inadequate. A large number of officers stayed in Lambeth Field Apartments, to the dismay of some residents and activists, who said the University did not inform them of the plans.

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