I think you put your finger on it Amber. Charlottesville didn’t want the protesters there and the declaration of a State of Emergency may have been a strategic tactic to prematurely terminate the rally.
Today we are seeing a consensus forming, from the opinions of both protesters and counter-protesters, that the state police not only failed to intervene but may have encouraged the violent confrontations. In theory, violent confrontation would be sufficient cause to declare a State of Emergency.
The Daily Caller published an account from a rally participant that included a map and details to explain how the state police “facilitated violence” between the White Nationalists and Antifa groups. (see link below)
As an attendee of the Unite The Right rally and scheduled speaker, I have serious questions about the actions of…dailycaller.com
Here is the viewpoint from a counter-protester that arrived at a similar conclusion. (See video below)
I believe there needs to be an investigation into the actions of Governor Mcauliffe, the Virginia State Police and other involved officials during the morning and early afternoon hours on Saturday. If a police “stand-down” was ordered, as alleged, prior to the declaration of the State of Emergency, and it was part of a deviant strategy to create an environment that would justify the State of Emergency, then heads should roll.