The council ultimately voted unanimously in favor of expediting the removal and relocation of both the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments in the city, Charlottesville City Clerk Paige Rice said. But Thomas has also blamed rally attendees for not following plans that had been agreed upon before the rally, and he said that violent confrontations were the result of "mutually engaged attacks" fueled by "mutually combative individuals".
The vote was meant to signal the city mourning the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed August 12 when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters who'd gathered to oppose a rally of white nationalist and other right-wing organizations.
The council meeting was the first since the "Unite the Right" event, which was believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade.
Those are questions that the city council should ask "as the ultimate authority over the city manager", he wrote. Some called for the leaders to resign.
At Justice Park, where the city also covered the statue of Stonewall Jackson, Mayor Mike Signer said the shrouding of the monuments is a step toward healing for a city still raw from the chaos and violence of August 12.
City officials had been expected to host a "community recovery town hall" Thursday evening in collaboration with the Community Relations Services of the Department of Justice.
Officials will provide an update on "recovery efforts" at that meeting and offer opportunities for public comment, according to a news release.
Campus police issued a statement late Wednesday saying Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, was taken into custody at the police department in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The three people were charged with disorderly conduct or obstruction.
Cantwell acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he had pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator but insisted he was defending himself.
One woman said her daughter had been among those hit by the driver who plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters. The judge did not set bond, but told Cantwell his attorney could request a bond hearing later. The event comes a day after workers covered two Confederate statues in black to mourn the death of a woman killed while protesting the rally.