Charlottesville PD Gets Rid Of Car Because It's Same Model Used By Attacker

Sandy Malone

The Charlottesville police are getting rid of a Dodge Challenger because it reminds residents of the "Summer of Hate."

Charlottesville, VA – The Charlottesville Police Department has taken a specially-decorated police Dodge Challenger out of service because it reminds people of when Heather Heyer was run over in 2017 at the Unite the Right rally.

The gray 2017 Dodge Challenger is decorated with the logo for the Special Olympics Torch Run, a fundraising campaign for Special Olympics that’s run by law enforcement officers, CNN reported.

The car was purchased used for $21,000 in January of 2018, five months after Heyer was fatally struck in Charlottesville; however, the money for the purchase was allocated and approved long before the Unite the Right rally, the Associated Press reported.

While many pro-Trump rallies had falsely been labeled by the media as "white nationalist" rallies, the Unite the Right rally was largely attended by actual white nationalists and hate groups.

Neo-Nazi James Fields, then 20, drove his car into a crowd of antifa who were marching through the street on Aug. 12, 2017.

Heyer died as a result of her injuries and numerous other people were injured, the Associated Press reported.

A jury convicted Fields of first degree murder in December of 2018, as well as multiple counts of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding and leaving the scene of an accident, NPR reported.

Then Fields pleaded guilty in June to 29 federal hate crimes in a plea agreement that kept him from having to face the death penalty.

In July, he was sentenced to the jury’s recommendation of one life sentence, without the possibility of parole, plus 419 years and $480,000 in fines, NPR reported.

Charlottesville City Manager Tarron Richardson has promised the city will dispose of the specially-decorated Dodge Challenger before the end of their fiscal year in June of 2020, CNN reported.

The vehicle was purchased before Richardson became city manager and before Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney was hired, but both the city manager and the chief began getting complaints about it shortly after they took office.

There was an outcry on social media from activists who were upset that the Charlottesville police were continuing to drive a car that brought back bad memories of the attack, according to CNN.

"This is clearly a reminder for many of the Summer of Hate and the attack, and we believe removing it from our fleet is in the best interests of the community," Richardson said in a written statement.

He said that he had reviewed the feedback with Chief Brackney and they had decided to remove the car from the police department’s fleet immediately, CNN reported.

The city announced the decision in a press release on Thursday.

Comments (35)
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Your neck has got to be a certain shade to think that paint job is appealing.

I think the phrase "NASCAR-American" applies here.

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Backing Blue
Backing Blue

Tell all these snowflake activist to kiss your lily white ass sick and tired of bailing dip all these idiots I’m offended that you’re offended so get over it

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

Bowing to. Damn voice recognition

CalamityJane
CalamityJane

What a waste of tax payers money. City leaders need to grow a pair.

flybynight
flybynight

Wish the trolls would grow a pair as well. I know, not going to happen. 🙄

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Police chief who called to ban all guns getting rid of police car because it's too scary

“I believe any weapon that can be used to hunt individuals should be banned,” Brackney

Activist Rosia Parker says that when she saw the car, in the police department garage, it “gave me triggers” back to the attack.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Hmmm. The best course of action would be to sell it to another department and use the proceeds to replace the vehicle IMO. 95% chance however that the SJW's will be screaming for the money to be used for their own pet projects. Their end goal always seems to be to force compliance with their demands and achieve the transfer of funds into their hands, not anything truly nobel.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I better get rid of my F-150. I’m sure someone must have used one somewhere for something bad and it might trigger a sensitive person.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

they should Raffle the car off. Probably make 10 times its value in ticket sales, I'd buy 1..or 10....

DarrellB
DarrellB

I wonder how many valid complaints have been received compared to the number of residents.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

A car is just a car. Should we get rid of all cars because basically every model and every make has probably been involved in assaults, robberies, DUIs, etc ... ?

NFPD103
NFPD103

So based on this logic, if enough people complain that Oh say a police issued Glock firearm brings back memories of say a shooting the manager and police chief will remove all Glocks from service because they offended someone/reminded someone of an officer involved incident? why this makes perfect sense said no one.

RobLightner
RobLightner

I don’t mean to sound insensitive with regard to a terrible tragedy, but if it were a Ford Explorer used in the crime, would the department offload those from its fleet as well??? Perhaps they should use the proceeds from the sale of the car for grief counseling for those affected by the incident. That seems as reasonable as selling a car because it is the same model as one used in a vicious crime...if not a more logical thought than the sale of the car in its own right.


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