MICHAEL CHERTOFF ON VIRGINIA’S LAW ENFORCEMENT FAILURE AT CHARLOTTESVILLE. “A third tragic lesson was the failure to shut down even minor acts of violence before they spun into a full-fledged melee. Virginia Homeland Security Secretary Brian Moran watched the Saturday demonstrations from a command center. Faced with individual acts of violence, he commented, ‘I compare it to hockey. Often in hockey there are sporadic fights, and then they separate.’ But street demonstrations are not hockey. While there is an understandable inclination to fear overreacting, the fact is that allowing small incidents of violence invites violence on a larger scale — just as happened here.”
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