Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe temporarily halts demonstrations
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday that temporarily halts demonstrations at the Lee Monument in Richmond.
In a press release Governor McAuliffe said that his determination comes as a protection of the first amendment while also considering public safety. The order will be in place until the Virginia Department of General Services approves and issues new emergency regulations.
Governor McAuliffe released a statement saying "Let me be clear, this executive order has nothing to do with infringing upon first amendment rights. This is a temporary suspension, issued with the singular purpose of creating failsafe regulations to preserve the health and well-being of our citizens and ensuring that nothing like what occurred in Charlottesville happens again"