Nearly 2 dozen protesters arrested at KKK event in Charlottesville

Nearly 2 dozen protesters arrested at KKK event in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Protesters lined the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon ahead of a planned KKK event, with 23 people being arrested.

About 50 members of the KKK protested the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue and what they see as threats to other Confederate monuments in the city.

The city prepared for the event with extra city police officers and assistance from the Virginia State Police near Justice Park.

Police said there were "a large number of incidents" at the park, including some people using pepper spray. State Police used tear gas to help disperse the crowd at the end of the event when the crowd was not following orders to leave the park.

Three people were sent to the hospital on Saturday -- two people with heat-related issues and one for an alcohol-related issue.

The ACLU of Virginia is reviewing Saturday's KKK rally, and they said their legal observers were also on the scene amid the arrests and tear gas deployments.

The Charlottesville Police Department is also reviewing the events to assess if anything further needs to be done.

Three people are charged with a felony for wearing a mask in public, and another person faces a felony charge of assault on a law enforcement officer.

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